Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/19/12
From Press Release
NXTsports and United Sports are happy to announce a new partnership under which NXTsports shall become the exclusive operator of boys’ lacrosse programming & events at the United Sports training center in Downingtown.
United Sports is comprised of a 127,000 square foot indoor training facility, as well a 60-acre outdoor sports complex featuring eleven professional grade athletic fields, all located right off of the Route 30 Bypass at one of the regions fastest growing lacrosse markets.
NXTsports has established itself as one of the nation’s leaders in lacrosse educational and training programs, and in running first-rate lacrosse events.
Under the partnership NXT will immediately launch its Cradle Lacrosse skill development program for 4-7 year olds, and its Trashcan Lacrosse skill development programs, clinics and camps for 7-14 year olds at United Sports.
NXT will also be offering a range of skill development clinics for high school age players. Finally, NXT will direct the new, elite Philly Summer Invitational at United Sports next summer, a weekend lacrosse tournament featuring some of the best high school age lacrosse clubs from all over North America.
Said Andy Hayes, President of NXTsports, “United Sports is an incredible sports complex located in a fast-growing lacrosse market. We are incredibly excited to become the exclusive boys’ lacrosse operator there, and look forward to working with the United Sports team.
“When you combine NXTsports’ lacrosse-specific expertise with United Sports tremendous experience running and marketing events in many different sports, we believe there is amazing potential in this partnership.”
Said John Hatt, Vice President of Programming at United Sports, “Partnering with an established and professional lacrosse organization, such as NXTsports, has been our goal for a long time now.
“NXTsports immediately provides boys lacrosse at United Sports with credibility, an existing successful program model, and an experienced lacrosse staff that is unmatched in this area. United Sports is excited about the joint impact we can now have on the boys’ lacrosse community by partnering with NXTsports.”
The first marquee event launched under this partnership is the aforementioned NXT Summer Invitational taking place July 13-14, 2013 at United Sports. This tournament is modeled after the NXT Fall Invitational which is part of NXT’s Philly Showcase weekend and has become one of the biggest draws during the November lacrosse recruiting season.
The Summer Invitational will be kept small and elite, with limited spots available in four different age divisions – rising seniors (2014s), rising juniors (2015s), rising sophomores (2016s), and rising ninth-graders (2017s). Already some of the very best clubs in the nation have committed to attend, including Long Island Express, Laxachusetts, Top Gun Fighting Clams, Team Carolina, HEADstrong, Mesa Fresh, NH Tomahawks, NXT L.C., CT Chargers, and Team Long Island.
Added Hayes, “The United Sports venue is absolutely ideal for an elite exposure lacrosse tournament and will allow us to run an event that exceeds expectations of all participants. With ten fields at United Sports in a compact layout, great sightlines, and on-site parking, this tournament will be highly convenient for players, families, clubs and especially for college coaches, who will quickly and easily be able to move around and evaluate all of the great teams in action at the event.”
More information about the NXT Summer Invitational is available at ShowcaseLacrosse.com, and questions about the event can be directed to Brett Manney, NXT’s Director of Showcase Lacrosse, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about all NXT programming can be found at www.iamnxt.com. Additional information about NXT programming at USTC as well as all the other family-friendly sports programming options at United Sports can be found at www.UnitedSports.net.