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March 27, 2006 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Toronto Rock News Release

TORONTO - A new educational home for teenaged student-athletes will begin to develop Canada's future talent this Fall, when The Hill Academy opens its doors to its first class in September.

The Hill Academy, with its facilities based in the Orangeville-area northwest of Toronto, aims to be the best educational facility for student-athletes in North America. The Academy is collaborating with elite coaches, athletes, trainers as well as educators to give its student-athletes a leading edge in their development both in sport and in the classroom.

The Hill Academy is devoted to the academic, athletic and social development of student-athletes.

"Until now, Canadians have always been relying on the U.S. system to get student-athletes to the next level," said Peter Merrill, co-founder of the Hill Academy. "We believe that the expertise is already here. We have recruited a highly credentialed group of Canadians who will provide an athletic and academic experience unparalleled in North America."

Founders Farell Duclair, a former CFL player, and Merrill, an experienced educator and athlete, saw an opportunity to be a catalyst for change and growth in the fragmented Canadian academic and athletic system.

Merrill's sons Brodie and Patrick, both accomplished professional lacrosse players in the National Lacrosse League, will operate the lacrosse component for The Hill Academy, which also offers specializations in Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Golf.

The Hill Academy's unique learn-to-learn approach offers a complete educational platform to develop student-athletes, linking the disciplines of athletics and academics. This allows each individual to develop at the proper pace to maximize their full potential and reach the next level. The Academy will prepare today's student-athletes for fulfillment in advancement to post-secondary institutions and ultimately assist in launching their future.

The Hill Academy will offer a full curriculum to student-athletes in grades 9 -12. Beginning in September, 2006, the Academy will offer classes to student-athletes in Grade 12 and a post-graduate year called "The Breakaway Year." This post-graduate year will focus on raising the athletic and academic profile of student-athletes to open doors for the future. The full high school option begins in 2007.

The Academy will host an Open House on Sunday April 9 at 12:30 p.m. at the Hill Academy Admissions Office located at 59 First Street in Orangeville. For to arrange a visit to the Open House, for more information on The Hill Academy or for registration details for September 2006, please visit, call (519) 941-4100 or email

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Peter Merrill Co-Founder, Principal and Finance Dircetor 519-278-0070


Farell Duclair Co-Founder, Athletic Director 519-938-7233

For more information on Patrick Merrill and the Toronto Rock, please contact:

Andy Watson Media Relations Toronto Rock Lacrosse Club 643 Yonge St., Second Floor Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9 Work: (416) 596-3075 ext. 226 Cell: (905) 999-5411 Fax: (416) 977-3475

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