SEBRING, Fla. (March 24, 2023) - The North and South Florida Chapters of USA Lacrosse, the governing body of the sport in the United States, are showcasing their talents in Sebring, FL at the USA Lacrosse Florida Hall of Fame/All American Festival on May 19-21, 2023.
This inaugural event is organized as a three-day weekend Festival consisting of a Friday evening Hall of Fame Awards Induction Dinner, followed by Boys and Girls North/South All-American games on Saturday, with a “Sixes” tournament offered on Sunday. All lacrosse games will take place at the Highlands County Sports Complex.
The Awards Dinner, to be held at the Sebring Civic Center, will recognize Hall of Fame inductees from both Chapters while honoring this years’ All-American and Academic All-American recipients. The Boy’s and Girl’s North/South Games will play on Saturday, May 20th. All-American Player Registration will open immediately following this years’ selections.
The Florida SI6XES Lacrosse Festival, scheduled for Sunday, May 21st , will showcase youth, high school and adult teams of 10-12 players. Smaller team rosters playing on smaller-sized fields are bound to create fast-tempo, high-scoring games where players and fans can enjoy the sport leading into the summer lacrosse season. Team registration for the Florida Si6xes Tournament can register now by clicking on this LINK.
Discounted hotel rates for the entire weekend Festival have been negotiated for players and families. Click on this LINK to reserve a room.
The event will be broadcast/live streamed on Varsity Sports Network Florida, a cutting-edge provider of high school sports coverage in the Sunshine State. The schedule of events will be posted shortly and well in advance of the weekend.
According to Bill Shatz, President of the North Florida Chapter, “This event is like no other, and may serve as a model for USA Lacrosse Chapters across the country. The recognition of Hall of Fame inductees, alongside the Boy’s and Girl’s All-American selections in a Festival format is unprecedented, placing Florida at the forefront of lacrosse in the US. The future of lacrosse in Florida is unlimited.”
This event was conceived and initiated by USA Lacrosse North Florida Chapter and is being delivered in collaboration with the South Florida Chapter, Airstream Ventures, Florida Sports Foundation, and the host destination, Visit Sebring. Sponsors include Varsity Sports Network, Maverick Sports Media, and Lax.com. Major product and service providers are also in negotiations to participate in the event interested in exposure to one of the leading sports markets.
“We are excited to host this prestigious lacrosse weekend in Sebring and look forward to welcoming the players and their families to our wonderful sports complex and the charming city of Sebring,” said Casey Hartt, Visit Sebring.
Lee Roggenburg, Executive Director of Florida Lacrosse News, noted “as the sport of lacrosse continues its growth throughout the state, it’s important to recognize those who have given so much to the lacrosse community. A successful weekend of celebration is just another step towards highlighting what the spirit of ‘honoring the sport’ means to all our participants.”
As one of the central functions and features of the North and South Chapters, the purpose of these respective Halls of Fame is to identify and honor those lacrosse athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and others who have served to extend the heritage of lacrosse across the State of Florida. Those so honored are recognized as having had the largest impact and influence in the development and advancement of our great sport.
Join us in Sebring on this weekend and help Grow The Sport!