Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/9/14
From Press Release
The 14th Annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival will be held on Saturday, April 26th, at Radnor High School. The Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival began in 2000 and has grown into the premier high school lacrosse event in the United States.
This year’s festival will be the LARGEST single-day high school lacrosse festival in the country with 54 varsity teams (26 premier boys’ teams and 28 premier girls’ teams), wheelchair rugby, tennis and basketball games, an NCAA men’s college night game, youth games, 20+ vendors, 10,000+ fans, 50+ major sponsors and 2 FanZones with rides, bounces, rock walls, face painting, BBQ, funnel cakes, raffle prices, clothing equipment etc.
Friday Night Under the Lights – The NCAA Men’s College game, University of Pennsylvania against St. John’s will be at 7pm the night before the Fest, April 25th, on Provost Field at Radnor High School.
Katie Samson with the Phillie Phanatic
The Katie Samson Foundation raised a record of over $175,000 in 2013. With the generous support of over 50 sponsors, donations from attendees, as well as fundraising efforts by each participating lacrosse team, the Katie Samson Lax Fest has raised over 1.5 million dollars. We are proud to have distributed the proceeds to charities benefiting medical research and providing care for people with spinal cord injuries.
The Katie Samson Festival began in 2000 and has grown into the premier high school lacrosse event in the United States. Motivated by Katie’s perseverance and courage, volunteers in the lacrosse community and beyond support the cause year after year. The festival is filled with activities for the whole family with exciting lacrosse team match-ups, a demonstration of wheelchair sports, food, fan zones, and a spirit of sportsmanship and purpose.
* 27 premier boys’ and girls’ league-sanctioned regular season games, several youth team games, and an NCAA men’s college game – UPenn vs. St John’s at Radnor High School, 7 pm on Prevost Field..
* The Fest offers these athletes an opportunity to experience a unique community spirit of giving while competing in a challenging sporting event.
* Seven fields running simultaneously from 9am to 6pm.
* Over 10,000 attendees
* Disabled athletes demonstrating wheelchair rugby, tennis and basketball games.
* Families from all over the mid-Atlantic region will be enjoying games, rides, boutiques, face-painters, balloon artists, great raffle prizes, plenty of food and of course, great lacrosse. There will be two FanZones which will have “Katie’sKiddieKorner” for younger fans- with clowns and balloon designs, a Mechanical Bull, Rock Climbing Wall, moonbounces, music, and visits from Hershey characters and the Wings’ Maddog.
* Meet the Philly Phanatic between 12-1!
* Food vendors include Melt Down, Mesa Grill, Peace A Pizza and Big E’s funnel cakes and fries, Johnnie’s Dog House, Say Cheese, Paola’s Cafe, the Rival Brothers Coffee Truck and Mr Softee.
* Boutiques in both Fan Zones guarantee a shopping opportunity for all – including the latest lacrosse clothing and gear at great Fest prices.
* In support of local lacrosse legend John Christmas’ foundation LEAPS (Lacrosse Education Attitude Perseverance Success), we are asking Fest attendees to clear out their basement of used lacrosse equipment, and to PLEASE bring it to the Fest, dropping it off at either entrance. This will provide countless opportunities for inner city kids to learn and experience the great sport of lacrosse through John’s passionate efforts.
The Katie Samson Foundation GIVES BACK! KSF raises money for research to identify a cure for spinal cord injuries and to optimize care and quality of life for spinal cord patients. The foundation also promotes social awareness as the lacrosse community comes together to support the festival. Through Katie’s courage and perseverance, her foundation has successfully raised funds to support spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation programs that provide much needed independence and quality of life improvements for those with spinal cord injuries.
Over $1,500,000 has been donated! Festival contributions have supported:
Katie Samson – The Inspiration:
Katie Samson grew up in Wayne, Pennsylvania and attended Radnor High where she was a goalkeeper for the girls lacrosse team. Katie went on to study Art History at Middlebury College where she also played Division III lacrosse and helped her team capture a National Championship in 1999. The following winter Katie suffered a spinal cord injury while sledding in a nearby park and became a quadriplegic.
After months of rehabilitation and encouragement from family and friends, Katie went back to finish her degree and help coach her college team to two more National titles. In 2004, Katie moved to Arizona to pursue her graduate degree where she remained for 6 years. She moved back to the Philadelphia are in 2010 and became an active member of the Katie Samson Foundation.
As a Museum Educator at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and an Adjunct Instructor at West Chester University, Katie finds time to play wheelchair rugby and tennis. She skis in an adaptive sit-ski and just started hand cycling. Recently Katie has taken up a new hobby of storytelling for different organizations in Philadelphia. As a peer mentor for people who have suffered spinal cord injury through Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Katie encourages her mentees to seek out adaptive sports and therapeutic programs that have had such a positive effect on her life.
The high school games will begin at 9:00am on Saturday, April 26th
. All of the games will be played at Radnor High School! The festival website, www.katiesamsonlaxfest.com
, has an amazing inspirational video, the full schedule as well as all the other exciting details. Or visit us on Facebook – Katie Samson
Lacrosse Festival. A $10 ($5 for students/under 3 is free!) admission fee allows unlimited access to all activities and rides within the two Fan Zones.
Supporting the festival offers an opportunity to do something meaningful and historic to impact the lives of people affected by spinal cord injuries. The Katie Samson
Foundation is a 501©3 corporation located at 522 Brookside Avenue, St David’s, PA 19087 (610-688-1606
). All donations are tax deductible. Please contact Clare Girton, Director of Development, 610-293-9984
, with any questions.
Friday, April 25
Men’s Lacrosse: University of Pennsylvania vs. St. John’s, 7pm, Provost Field at Radnor High School
HS Game Schedule, April 26 at Radnor
Teams Time Field
Garnet Valley HS Vs. Central Bucks South 9:00 AM Prevost
Harriton HS Vs. Shipley School 9:00 AM Loop
Downingtown West HS Vs. St. Joseph’s Prep 9:00 AM Creek
St. Augustine HS Vs. Malvern Prep 11:00 AM Prevost
Spring-Ford HS Vs. Arch. Wood HS 11:00 AM Loop
Lower Merion HS Vs. Cardinal O’Hara HS 11:00 AM Creek
Conestoga HS. Vs. La Salle 1:00 PM Prevost
Haverford HS Vs.Arch. Carroll HS 1:00 PM Loop
Emmaus HS Vs. Strath Haven HS 1:00 PM Creek
Haverford School Vs. Lawrenceville School 3:00 PM Prevost
Germantown Academy Vs. Hill School 3:00 PM Loop
Brunswick School Vs. Episcopal Academy 3:00 PM Creek
Radnor HS Vs. Downingtown East HS 4:00 PM Turf1/Enke
* The home team is the first team named. Prevost Field is the football stadium field. Loop field is below the south side of Radnor HS, parallel to Lancaster Ave. Creek is parallel to King of Prussia School on the east side of Radnor HS. Enke is the turf field on the west side of RHS, parallel to the entrance.
Teams Time Field
Agnes Irwin School Vs. Upper Dublin HS 9:00 AM Turf1/Enke
Henderson HS Vs. Penn. Charter 9:00 AM Library
Abington HS Vs. Friends Central Academy 9:00 AM Rowland
Conestoga HS Vs. Unionville HS 10:45 AM Turf1.Enke
Haverford HS Vs. Baldwin School 10:45 AM Library
Strath Haven HS Vs. Notre Dame Academy 10:45 AM Rowland
Harriton HS Vs.Episcopal Academy 12:30 PM Turf1/Enke
Penncrest HS Vs. Shipley School 12:30 PM Library
Garnet Valley HS Vs. Germantown Academy 12:30 PM Rowland
Radnor HS Vs. Merion Mercy 2:15 PM Turf1/Enke
Boyertown HS Vs. Arch. Carroll HS 2:15 PM Library
Springfield HS Vs. Villa Maria Academy 2:15 AM Rowland
Methacton HS Vs.Springside – CHA 4:00 PM Library
Downingtown West HS Vs. Hill School 4:00 PM Rowland