Lacrosse teams from across Alberta will gather in Red Deer this weekend for one of the biggest tournaments of the year.
The 27th Annual Tradition Lives Box Lacrosse Tournament runs May 19-21 and will see 51 teams from throughout the province competing at the event in the Tyke through Midget divisions.
“For the Red Deer association, it’s our major fundraiser of the year, so it’s very significant to our organization,” explains Tournament Chair David Clark. “We try to provide an all-inclusive type of environment where kids of all abilities are welcome to come and play and hopefully we offer a good level of competition for all kids to play and enjoy.”
Clark adds there will also be vendors selling lacrosse equipment at some of their locations for the players in need of any upgrades, in addition to raffle prizes and auxillary prizes to be awarded throughout the weekend as well. He says it will be an exciting weekend as the sport’s popularity appears to be growing in Alberta.
“We gather interest from even outside the province,” Clark notes. “This particular year we don’t have teams from outside the province but it’s not uncommon to have some B.C. teams, some Saskatchewan teams coming on top of all the teams from across Alberta. I know with the National Lacrosse League and the Edmonton Rush moving to Saskatoon and becoming the Saskatchewan Rush, I know there’s a very large growth of the game in that province and that’s good to see as well.”
Clark encourages all lacrosse fans and those unfamiliar with the sport to check out some games this weekend and enjoy some solid entertainment.
Games begin Saturday and will take place at the Collicutt Centre, G.H. Dawe Community Centre, Kinex Arena and the Kinsmen Twin Arenas in Red Deer.
For more information on the Tradition Lives Tournament, visit traditionliveslax.com.
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