The Penn State Lacrosse Class of 1996 and 2000, along with Crown Lacrosse Classic’s Celebration of Lacrosse, donated 25 tickets to the Charlotte Secondary Lacrosse Program for the inaugural Crown Lacrosse Classic.
“What we are seeing here are individuals who have received so much from the game of lacrosse and they want to do what they can to give back,” The Crown Lacrosse Classic co-founder Chris Schiller said. “This is the true spirit of what this event and lacrosse in general is about. To have these classes donate/give back to those just getting into the sport and for those less fortunate, it is everything that you want to see from this strong community.”
Charlotte Secondary School lacrosse head Bobby Selkin started the program after athletic director Teddy Walker saw the gift of lacrosse equipment as a way to build character and spirit at his school. In 2015, Selkin recruited a group of student-athletes who were unequivocally unfamiliar with lacrosse. He led a group of at-risk African American teenagers, who found opportunity and empowerment through lacrosse The sports served as way to build teamwork, drive and perseverance and ultimately a source of pride and a path to college. Selkin’s group even went on to become state champions.
“As an already rapidly growing sport, lacrosse has an opportunity to grow at an even faster pace by bringing diversity into the sport and introducing lacrosse to communities that have never seen the sport.” Charlotte Secondary School lacrosse head coach Bobby Selkin said. “Our lacrosse program at Charlotte Secondary is striving to do just that.
“By bringing teams such as Penn State, Cornell, Towson and Jacksonville to Charlotte, N.C., our families have an opportunity to be introduced to the highest level of college lacrosse and impact our students to play a game because they are so inspired.”
The Crown Lacrosse Classic is the first independent college lacrosse tournament to be held in Charlotte, and will feature four of the nation’s premier programs, including three ranked in the top-five - No. 1 Towson Tigers, No. 2 Cornell Big Red, No. 4 Penn State State Nittany Lions and Jacksonville Dolphins.
"I think it is an awesome opportunity for everyone involved, especially for us to have the opportunity to go down and compete in a premier event with other top-caliber Division I teams,” Towson lacrosse head coach Shawn Nadelen said. “We are big believers in doing as much as we can to help the sport of lacrosse grow and develop.”
Charlotte Secondary School and Selkin’s story is highlighted in the ESPN Films documentary “Crossroads,” directed by Emmy Award-winning sports documentary producer Ron Yassen and executive produced by Houston Rockets star and North Carolina native Chris Paul.
Tickets for the two days are on sale now and can be purchased here.
4 - 5:30 p.m. - Mike Powell Concert Series at The Sportsplex at Matthews
5:30 p.m. - Jacksonville vs. #1 Towson
8 p.m. - #4 Penn State vs. #2 Cornell
9 - 10 a.m. - Greg “Beast “Gurenlian, Rob Pannell and Drew Adams VIP training session
10 - 11:30 a.m. - Greg “Beast “Gurenlian, Rob Pannell and Drew Adams clinics
5 p.m. - 2019 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
9 - 11 p.m. - Mike Powell Concert Series at Blackfinn Ameripub in Ballantyne Village
11:30 - 1 p.m. - Mike Powell Concert Series at The Sportsplex at Matthews
1 p.m. - #2 Cornell vs. #1 Towson
3:30 p.m. - #4 Penn State vs. Jacksonville