Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/5/15
From Press Release
The Katie Samson Lacrosse Fest will be celebrating its 15th year this season!
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 held on Saturday April 25th at Radnor High School., and 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 on six fields running simultaneously), wheelchair rugby, tennis and basketball games, 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.
The Katie Samson Foundation gives back! Over $125,000 was raised in 2014 with the generous support of over 50 sponsors, donations from attendees, as well as fundraising efforts by each participating lacrosse team. Since 2000 over $1.6 million has been distributed to charities benefiting medical research and providing care for people with spinal cord injuries– research (43 percent), patient care (46 percent) and quality of life (11 percent).
The Katie Samson Festival began in 2001 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. With generous support of over 50 sponsors, donations from attendees, as well as fundraising efforts by each participating lacrosse team, the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival has raised over 1.6 million dollars. We appreciate the tremendous support and we hope to see you at the 2015 Festival.
* 27 premier boys’ and girls’ league-sanctioned regular season games and several youth team games
* 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 tennis, basketball and rugby 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
* Food vendors in each Fan Zone.
* 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.
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 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 is currently the Assistant Director of Museum Education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Katie still finds time to play wheelchair sports, such as rugby, tennis and cycling. Katie also enjoys storytelling as a creative art form and performs 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 25th. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
Click here for Katie Samson Foundation/Festival website.
15th Annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival schedule.
Archbishop Carroll Vs. Shipley School 9:00 AM Creek
Spring-Ford HS Vs. Strath Haven HS 9:00 AM Loop
Central Bucks South HS Vs. Lower Merion HS 9:00 AM Prevost
Episcopal Academy Vs. Hun School (NJ) 11:00 AM Creek
Downingtown West HS Vs. Emmaus HS 11:00 AM Loop
Haverford School Vs. Lawrenceville School (NJ) 11:00 AM Prevost
Brunswick School (CT) Vs. Malvern Prep 1:00 PM Creek
Harriton HS Vs.Rustin HS 1:00 PM Loop
Conestoga HS Vs. Downingtown East HS 1:00 PM Prevost
Germantown Academy Vs. Hill School 3:00 PM Creek
Cardinal O’Hara HS Vs. Great Valley HS 3:00 PM Loop
Garnet Valley HS Vs. St. Joseph’s Prep 3:00 PM Prevost
Radnor HS Vs. Hill Academy ((Ontario, Canada) 4:00 PM 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
Boyertown HS Vs. Harriton HS 9:00 AM Enke
WC Henderson HS Vs. Friends’ Central School 9:00 AM Library
Haverford HS Vs. William Penn Charter School 9:00 AM Rowland
Garnet Valley HS Vs. Agnes Irwin School 10:45 AM Enke
Lower Merion HS Vs. Shipley School 10:45 AM Library
Abington HS Vs. Strath Haven HS 10:45 AM Rowland
Conestoga HS Vs.Episcopal Academy 12:30 PM Enke
Upper Dublin HS Vs. Academy of Notre Dame 12:30 PM Library
Downingtown West HS Vs. Springfield HS 12:30 PM Rowland
Radnor HS Vs. Great Valley HS 2:15 PM Enke
Archbishop Carroll HS Vs. Merion Mercy Academy 2:15 PM Library
Unionville HS Vs. Springside-Chesnut Hill Academy 2:15 AM Rowland
Germantown Academy Vs.Villa Maria Academy 4:00 PM Library
Methacton HS Vs. Hill School 4:00 PM Rowland
* The first team named is the home team. Enke Field is the turf field on the west side of Radnor HS. Library Field is on the east side of RHS, parallel to King of Prussia Rd. in the outfield of the baseball field. Rowland field is on the west side of RHS above then entrance road.