For Immediate Release
Date: June 28, 2018
Contact: Kevin Leveille (720.609.2324 x1104)
SLV's 7th Annual Northstar Invitational is Just Around the Corner
The Northstar Invitational, hosted by Summit Lacrosse Ventures (SLV), was established in 2012 as a premier developmental and exposure opportunity, one of the first of its kind for young, high-level, female student athletes. The seventh annual 2018 Northstar Invitational will be held in just under a month, July 23-26, at the historic Northwood School in Lake Placid, New York.
Northstar was founded by Ashley (Gersuk) Murphy, a National Champion and All-American from Northwestern University, and George Leveille, who has impacted lacrosse at every level for 30+ years. Director, Kevin Leveille, is one of the most prolific scorers in lacrosse history, and the former Captain of Team USA. Northstar’s Directors have experienced the game at every level, and aim to give back to the next generation of student athletes. In addition to Northstar’s Directors, top notch coaches and counselors who have competed at the collegiate level will lead each team, passing along their knowledge and experience to attending athletes who hope to sit in their shoes someday. Several coaches were Northstar athletes themselves.
Next month, athletes from the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 will descend on the Olympic Village of Lake Placid from 20 states across the United States, along with British Columbia and Alberta. Athletes will be challenged, on and off the field, to raise their own bar ---- through skill and teamwork in full and small-sided games, and SPEED Lacrosse, and with power, speed, and agility in the Northstar Performance Index (NPI). NPI leader and Northstar Sports Performance Director, Ron Greenfield, offers motivational support to attendees --- CLICK for Lax Allstars’ recent feature.
A mental fitness presentation and optional one-on-one sessions will be hosted by Dr. Mara Smith, who has worked with countless Olympic athletes and Team USA programs. Athletes will attend a Victory Leadership Program with Executive Director, Kristen Kjellman Marshall, 2-Time World Cup Lacrosse Champion, 2-Time Tewaaraton Trophy Winner, and 3-Time National Champion. Northstar and Summit Lacrosse Ventures partners, Nike and STX Lacrosse will supply athletes with top notch gear, and will bring Alyssa Murray of Team USA to speak with Northstar athletes.
250+ Northstar athletes have gone on to play Division I college lacrosse; suffice it to stay that 2018 Northstar attendees share the same goal. Attending athletes will receive recruiting process guidance from partner SportsRecruits, who remains on the technological forefront of helping student athletes find the right college fit. Film packages are available for attendees, and parents are welcomed to the annual parent-specific Recruiting Process presentation, which is intended to give educated, objective, and nuanced perspective.
The tailored format and intimate field proximity allow attending college coaches to see athletes play repeatedly throughout the day. Northstar hosts a blend of collegiate programs, representing a hybrid of conferences, geographies, academic and athletic calibers, and the typical ratio of attending college coach to athlete is approximately 1:6. A Northstar Champion is named, but of greater emphasis is overall team performance, development, and camaraderie.
Stay tuned for updates from the 2018 Northstar Invitational!