Team USA, Duke, Army, Notre Dame and Florida to Compete in Champion® Challenge

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The fifth annual Champion® Challenge will take place Jan. 30 – 31, 2010 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The event, organized by US Lacrosse, will feature the U.S. men’s and women’s national lacrosse team programs, Duke University’s men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, the United States Military Academy’s men’s lacrosse team, the University of Notre Dame’s women’s lacrosse team and the University of Florida women’s lacrosse team.

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Baltimore, MD (Vocus) December 4, 2009 -- The fifth annual Champion® Challenge will take place Jan. 30 – 31, 2010 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The event, organized by US Lacrosse, will feature the U.S. men’s and women’s national lacrosse team programs, Duke University’s men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, the United States Military Academy’s men’s lacrosse team, the University of Notre Dame’s women’s lacrosse team and the University of Florida women’s lacrosse team.

The U.S. men’s national team will faceoff against Duke and the United States Military Academy in Team USA’s first time playing together since the 23-man U.S. team roster was announced on Nov. 2. This is the second time Team USA and Duke will have faced each other in the Champion Challenge. Duke played the U.S. team in 2008’s event.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to begin our preparations for the July World Championships in Manchester, England,” said Jody Martin, US Lacrosse’s men’s division director. “We look forward to competing against formidable opponents Duke and Army. US Lacrosse extends its sincere gratitude to Coaches Danowski and Alberici for participating.”

On the women’s side, the U.S. elite team and the U.S. developmental team will both be at Disney’s Wide World of Sports, taking on Duke, Notre Dame and Florida. The U.S. women’s team program is coming off a gold-medal World Cup victory in Prague last July. This is the second year in a row Duke and the U.S. women’s national team will have played each other in the Champion Challenge event. Meanwhile, this is both Notre Dame’s and Florida’s first appearance at Champion Challenge.

“We are excited to return to Disney’s Wide World of Sports for this year’s Champion Challenge,” said Ann Carpenetti, US Lacrosse’s women’s division director. “Our U.S. women’s national team looks forward to this event each year and it’s always a display of high-level athleticism and competitive lacrosse.”

"As the official performance apparel of US Lacrosse, we are very proud to partner with them on this Champion Challenge event," said Claire Powell, Director, Champion Brand Marketing. "It's very exciting to have these elite collegiate teams playing against the U.S. national teams and it's definitely a great way to kick off the lacrosse season."

The U.S. men’s and women’s national team program will offer youth clinics for boys and girls, respectively, on Sat., Jan. 30 from 9 to 11 a.m. Both clinics are for lacrosse players, grades 3-12. Parents can register online at http://www.uslacrosse.org.

US Lacrosse is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse, and is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national lacrosse teams. Warrior Lacrosse is the official exclusive equipment and apparel supplier to the U.S. men's national teams program. deBeer Lacrosse is the official exclusive equipment and apparel supplier to the U.S. women's national teams program.

Champion® Challenge – A US Lacrosse Event Schedule
Saturday, January 30
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.         U.S. women’s national team youth clinic
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.         U.S. women’s national team high school clinic
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.         U.S. men’s national team youth clinic
1:00 p.m.                         U.S. women elite team vs. Notre Dame
3:00 p.m.                     U.S. men’s national team vs. Army
5:30 p.m.                     U.S. women’s developmental team vs. Florida

Sunday, January 31
8:45 a.m.                     U.S. women’s developmental team vs. Duke
11:00 a.m.                    U.S. women’s elite team vs. Duke
11:30 a.m.                    U.S. women’s developmental team vs. Notre Dame
1:00 p.m.                     U.S. men’s national team vs. Duke

Disney’s Wide World of Sports Event Ticket Prices
Adult One-Day Admission, $13.50
Child One-Day, $10.00
Children under 3 years-old are free

Tickets will be sold at the event at Disney's Wide World of Sports lacrosse ticket gate or can be purchased in advance on the event website, http://www.uslacrosse.org/events/champchallenge2010.phtml.

Clinics
Each clinic is $55 with all proceeds benefiting Team USA and participants receive free admission to games on Saturday and Sunday at the Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. Space is limited. Register online at http://www.uslacrosse.org/events/champchallenge2010.phtml.

Anthony Travel – Official Travel Provider
US Lacrosse is proud to have Anthony Travel as the Official Travel Provider for the US Lacrosse Champion Challenge. As a full-service travel agency, Anthony Travel provides a one-stop travel resource for spectators and fans with hotel accommodations, airfare with negotiated group rates, theme park tickets, and car/van rentals.

Anthony Travel has discounted hotel accommodations located near Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. For additional information, please visit AnthonyTravel.com and search “US Lacrosse” or call (866) 913-7166.

About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has more than 300,000 members in 62 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit http://www.uslacrosse.org.

About Champion
Since 1919 Champion has offered a full line of innovative athletic apparel for men and women including sport bras, activewear, team uniforms, sweats and accessories. Champion can be purchased at most sporting goods and department stores. For more information please contact us at 1-800-999-2249 or visit http://www.championusa.com. Champion is a brand of Hanesbrands Inc.

About Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex
Opened in 1997 at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex is a leading sports and entertainment venue for amateur and professional sports in the United States. The sprawling 220-acre state-of-the-art complex features the Milk House, a 165,000-square-foot field house which seats 5,500 for basketball; the 9,500-seat Champion Stadium ballpark; the Hess Sports Fields, which include multiple baseball, softball and soccer fields; and the Jostens Center, an 80,000 square foot multi-sport field house. In addition, the complex has 11 tennis courts, including a stadium court, and a track and field complex. The complex is home to more than 180 amateur and professional sports and entertainment events each year, including the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp, the Major League Baseball Atlanta Braves spring training, a Tampa Bay Rays regular-season series, the Pop Warner Super Bowl, Chelsea Football Club events, the Special Olympics Florida Summer Games and the AAU National Championship events. Please visit http://www.disneysports.com for more information.

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