By Kelsey Doherty | 6/13/13 10:40 AM
MLL All Star Weekend will bring plenty of lacrosse action to the Charlotte area this July. While the obvious highlight is the MLL All Star Game presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill, another featured event is the All-Star Game Youth Tournament. This is where kids will have the chance to interact with the MLLAll-Stars themselves. This opportunity has been organized by Team 24/7, a Charlotte youth lacrosse program founded and run by Ryan Flanagan of the Charlotte Hounds.
Youth lacrosse tournaments and camps have become a large part of growing up for many young players. Flanagan understands the importance of youth lacrosse programs more than most, and that is exactly why he founded his own program.
“I always knew I wanted to get involved, I started [Team] 24/7 with the mindset of ‘I know I want to coach’. I knew I wanted to get involved in the community and grow the game and grow the community. I was so lucky growing up to play for great players.”
This year’s All-Star Game Youth Tournament allows the Charlotte area and Team 24/7 Lacrosse to bring youth programs from around the country together. At the tournament children will to not only play but also learn from some of the world’s best players.
“Part of the reason we were adamant about getting involved and having this in Charlotte, is that you have such access to the All-Stars as a [youth] player. When you bring your team to this tournament, you get the chance to interact with guys like Paul Rabil, or guys like Brodie Merrill, or whoever is going to be an All-Star this season. You get a chance to talk to these guys, and have them coach your team.”
This program is open for registration and accepting 44 teams to compete in the tournament during All-Star weekend. It begins with a youth clinic put on by MLL All-Stars and coaches Friday night at Memorial Stadium, followed by watching this year’s Team selection process immediately after. The event then launches into a full two-day tournament over the weekend with MLL players guest coaching tournament teams.
This experience is meant to engage each childparticipating and bring them a special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They will be immersed in the sport of lacrosse, having fun while gaining integral skills as an athlete.
Flanagan explains that this is like no other tournament, “It’s going to be an unbelievable experience, for the kids to learn, and then the kids get to play. Then they get to go watch what the players they were just talking with, they’ll be doing what they were just taught in the games. When you round it out, it should be a really special experience for the kids, to get all three aspects, the learning, the doing, and the watching.”
A program like this is truly unique and designed to be the ultimate lacrosse kids experience. For more information on getting your youth team involved visit the registration page and sign up today, as spots are filling up quickly. Included in the experience for each participant is a ticket to the MLL All-Star Game presented by Moe’s Southwest grill on Saturday night. To secure your tickets to the game check out the MLL All-Star Game page.