Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/5/14
From Press Release
The Philly Charity Showdown would have been just fine either way.
Even if there hadn’t been additions, there’s little doubt that the official start of the Philly Showcase weekend would have been successful. A year ago, it raised more than $30,000 in net proceeds, the entirety of which was donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Minds Matter Initiative. The Charity Showdown has grown tremendously in its brief history, outgrowing Cabrini College and PPL Park on its way to being held at Citizens Bank Park, the gorgeous home of the Philadelphia Phillies, for two years running.
When you have a chance to improve things and exceed expectations, though, it’s always the logical choice. That’s why having a pair of Pennsylvania vs. New Jersey all-star games – one for seventh graders and one for eighth graders where teams are selected via tryout – was the next move to make.
“The games and tryouts are an opportunity to give more people exposure to the Philly Charity Showdown and what we’re supporting,” Director of Showcase Lacrosse Brett Manney said. “NXT has partnered with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital this year, with all net proceeds from the tryouts and Showdown benefiting its Comprehensive Concussion Center, which is a great cause, especially with the amount of attention and awareness that concussions are getting. These games also offer a chance for more kids, especially younger ones, to be able to play under the lights of Citizens Bank Park.”
The Pennsylvania teams’ tryouts get underway Monday night at the Proving Grounds (707 Conshohocken Road) in Conshohocken, with the second tryout being held Thursday night. Seventh graders will take the field from 5-6:30, while eighth graders wil follow from 8-9:30. New Jersey’s tryouts are Wednesday, Oct. 15 from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 16 from 6:30-8, and will be held at The Lawrenceville School. Click here to sign up for tryouts.
“It’s our first time having them and we’re hoping to see the best players from Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey,” Manney said. “These games are a great way to get more of the local community to rally around the event. To be able to gather so many local people in our area’s lacrosse world for such a great cause is truly exceptional. The Charity Showdown kicks off NXTsports’ flagship weekend of the year and it seemed like a no-brainer for us to offer more local kids an incredibly unique opportunity to play in one of the finest professional baseball stadiums.”
Some of the area’s and country’s top club teams, along with a pair of national power high school teams, will take the field after the middle schoolers are done. Those middle schoolers who decide to stick around for the rest of the night will be treated by watching some of the country’s top players to cap an experience that they’re not likely to forget any time soon.
“These all-star games aren’t just for bragging rights, but it’s also a chance for them to say that they played at Citizens Bank Park in an event run by NXT,” Manney said. “Then they have a chance to see some of the best teams in the country face off against each other in front of college coaches from every Division I school, which we hope will help them realize that one day, they could eventually be the ones playing in the Charity Showdown’s marquee games. We’re excited to see some of those middle schoolers blossom into the country’s top players as they get older.”
And at the end of the night, they can always say that they got to play on the most unique lacrosse field in the world.