Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/18/12
Peter Samson, who was instrumental in creating the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival, is the guest Thursday night when Phillylacrosse.com Editor Chris Goldberg co-hosts “Lax High” on the Lacrosse Radio Network.
Samson helped launch the event in 2001 at Radnor High to raise funds and awareness to spinal cord research and development; it has evolved into the biggest high school tournament in the nation with 27 high school games involving teams from the Philadelphia region and around the Mid-Atlantic. The event is inspired by Samson’s daughter, Katie, a Radnor grad and NCAA Division III lacrosse champion, who, in January, 2000, was the victim of a devastating spinal cord trauma paralyzing her from the chest down.
The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and can be accessed on blogtalkradio.com by clicking here.. Listeners can call in to ask questions for Samson, Goldberg or co-host Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse at (347) 215-7466. The show runs until about 7 p.m. and also can be accessed on a podcast minutes after its conclusion at the same URL.
The Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival, now in its 12th year, has raised more than $1 million for charities supporting spinal cord injury research, care, and quality of life improvements.
The event will feature over 20 vendors, at least 10,000 fans, more than 50 major sponsors and 2 FanZones with rides, bounces, rock walls, face painters, BBQ, funnel cakes, raffle prices, clothing etc.
The Festival provides the premier high school lacrosse teams in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond with an atmosphere promoting sportsmanship, camaraderie and purpose. The Festival is organized by volunteers from the Philadelphia regional lacrosse community and the Katie Samson Foundation.
One of the marquee games is between two Philly boys’ teams ranked among the top seven in every major poll: Haverford School and Conestoga. A top girls’ game features two highly-ranked teams, Garnet Valley and Virginia’s St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes.