We would like to thank Durham Academy, Cardinal Gibbons High School and all the Lacrosse teams from the South East that are participating in the upcoming ‘King of Spring Face-Off Classic’ March 7-10 and have been fundraising on our behalf. We would also like to thank event corporate sponsors Brine Lacrosse, OT Sports, Triangle Orthopaedic Associates and Fusion Lacrosse for embracing our Mission and supporting us throughout weekend. We are looking forward to a fantastic weekend in Durham, NC!
Fifth Annual King of the Spring Face-Off Classic
set for March 7-10, 2014, in Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, N.C.
Top high school lacrosse teams to raise awareness
of nonprofit supporting Army Rangers and families
DURHAM, N.C. – Nearly 30 of the nation’s top high school lacrosse teams will compete in the fifth annual Brine King of the Spring Face-Off Classic, scheduled for March 7 to 10, 2014, in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Joining hosts Durham Academy and Cardinal Gibbons High School in sponsoring the event are Brine Lacrosse, OT Sports, Triangle Orthopaedic Associates and Fusion Lacrosse.
This year’s tournament aims to raise awareness of Lead The Way Fund, a nonprofit that supports disabled U.S. Army Rangers and the families of Rangers who perished, were injured or are serving in harm’s way. The focus on Lead The Way Fund honors Jimmy Regan, a former Duke University lacrosse player who was killed in action in 2007 as an Army Ranger serving in Iraq. King of the Spring director and Durham Academy varsity boys lacrosse coach Jon Lantzy coached Regan when he was an assistant coach at Duke.
In addition to the high school action, the event will feature a collegiate match pairing the Richmond Spiders and Vermont Catamounts on March 8 at Durham County Stadium. Richmond coach Dan Chemotti said he’s looking forward to both the competition with Vermont and the opportunity to “show appreciation for both the Lead The Way Fund and all those who protect our nation’s freedom.”
“The Lead The Way Fund, the late Jimmy Regan and the Regan family are all very close to my heart, so when Jon Lantzy proposed bringing our Vermont game to Durham County Stadium to support such a selfless charity, it was something we felt honored to be a part of,” Chemotti said. “For about six years, the Lead The Way Fund and college lacrosse have been supporting one another through Jim Regan Sr.’s efforts. One goal we have on the day is to expand awareness to those in attendance and to provide perspective to our student-athletes.”
The tournament’s focus on Lead The Way Fund is dear to the hearts of event sponsors like OT Sports. The North Carolina-based lacrosse uniform manufacturing company will supply four teams competing in special charity games Friday, March 7, (Charlotte Latin vs. Durham Academy and Charlotte Catholic vs. Lake Norman High School) with special camouflage uniforms in honor of the fund and will offer tournament-themed socks to both players and fans, with proceeds donated to the fund.
“The Spring Face-Off Classic is a great opportunity to help local communities and programs raise money and support Army Rangers and their families who have sacrificed so much to give us the freedoms we enjoy,” said Scott Gollnick, vice president of sales and marketing at OT Sports. “This event brings together some of the best local and national lacrosse programs, and, more importantly, brings attention and exposure to the sacrifices that Jimmy Regan and others have made and continue to make each and every day.”