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First-ever Summit Lacrosse Youth Classic underway in Lake Placid

By Lake Placid News , 06/28/16, 3:30PM EDT


LAKE PLACID - Against a threatening sky that never produced rain, the inaugural Summit Lacrosse Youth Classic got underway at the North Elba Show Grounds on Monday, June 27.

In divisions that ranged from U9 to U15, 33 teams opened play that runs daily through Wednesday.

The event helps officially kick off Lake Placid's summer season with a mid-week event that brings children and their families to the community's hotels, restaurants and shops.

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Teams compete Monday, June 27 during the inaugural Summit Lacrosse Youth Classic at the North Elba Show Grounds.

(Photo courtesy of Summit Lacrosse Ventures/John DiGiacomo)

"We're very happy to have Summit Lacrosse Ventures here for a new youth event," said North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi. "The fields are perfect, the views incredible, and our partnership with Summit Lacrosse has benefitted our local economy. We thank George Leveille (founder, Summit Lacrosse Ventures, Inc.) and his staff for their energy and sense of enterprise in bringing something new to this illustrious sports community. We hope the kids and their families have a great time with us and return for future tournaments."

Since 1990, when Summit Lacrosse Ventures brought a post-collegiate get-together to Lake Placid in the summer, the sport has mushroomed locally and with the SLV adult event that will exceed 250 teams with it returns in August for the 27th time.

Some of the parents of this youth tournament will be back in six weeks for their own competition. But for now, they are content on extolling the play of their kids.

"The Lake Placid Summit Youth Classic is a perfect addition to the annual calendar," said James McKenna, president of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. "Not only does it fit into an ideal Sunday through Wednesday time slot, but it also brings a youth demographic of potential lifelong customers to the destination, and of course, it fits the Lake Placid brand of outdoor recreation and sport."

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