Ohio Machine Lacrosse Strengthens Commitment Supporting Ohio High School Lacrosse
COLUMBUS, Ohio- As the Ohio Machine continue to invest time in high school engagement, the organization is proud to unveil three elements in an effort to continue the growth of the game at the grassroots level in Ohio: the 2019 High School Showcase, the 2019 Senior All Star Challenge and a brand new scholarship, funded through the Ohio Machine Lacrosse Foundation.
"Across the country, high school lacrosse is the unofficial measuring stick for the quality of the game in a particular state. In Ohio, the high school game - for both boys and girls - has witnessed incredible increases in both the quality of the play as well as in the number of teams playing. This fact speaks volumes as to the state of the game in Ohio," said Ryan Chenault, Team President. "In supporting these three initiatives, the Ohio Machine are invested in seeing the game continue this trajectory by shining a spotlight on the tremendous teams, players and coaches throughout the state of Ohio. We are committed to ensuring that boy's and girl's high school lacrosse, in the state of Ohio, is celebrated and recognized."
2019 High School Showcase
The Machine will host the 2019 Ohio Machine High School Showcase on March 16 and 17, at Fortress Obetz. The showcase will feature some of the best of Ohio High School lacrosse with a 16 games across two days to start the 2019 High School lacrosse season. This second iteration of the event will expand to the women's game, and will feature the Dublin Jerome, Bishop Hartley, Indian Hills and Worthington Kilbourne programs. The men's programs featured in the 2019 Ohio Machine High School Showcase include the Olentangy Liberty, Dublin Coffman, St. Xavier, Toledo St. Francis DeSales, Archbishop Moeller, Olentangy Braves, Dublin Jerome, Mason, Columbus St. Francis DeSales, Chagrin Falls, Hilliard Davidson, and New Albany programs.
By purchasing a two-day ticket, fans will get access to all 16 games. Pricing is as follows:
Two-Day: Adult ($15), Student ($10)
Single-Day: Adult ($10), Student ($7)
Discount ticket pricing is available for groups of 10 or more when purchased in advance. To purchase tickets to the Ohio Machine High School Showcase, please click HERE, or call (614) 754-1973 EXT. 2 for information regarding group tickets.
As part of the 2019 Ohio Machine High School Showcase, the Machine will be holding an equipment drive to benefit the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. Ohio Machine Lacrosse believes that everyone who wants to participate in the game of lacrosse should have that ability. Fans are encouraged to help those in need in our community by bringing new or gently used equipment.
2019 Senior All Star Challenge
The Machine are also proud to announce that the sixth annual Ohio Machine Senior All-Star Challenge will be held on Saturday, June 8. For one last time, 60 graduating seniors will suit up before continuing their lacrosse careers at the collegiate level. This year's Senior All-Star Challenge will take place for the third year at Fortress Obetz, the nation's first professional lacrosse specific stadium, at 3:00 p.m. Fans will be able to see the Ohio Machine take on the New York Lizards afterwards at 7:00 p.m. and each ticket purchased will give fans access to both events.
The 60 Ohio players will be split by Ohio, 20 participants from North (Cleveland/Toledo area), 20 participants from South (Cincinnati/Dayton area) and 20 participants from Central (Columbus area). The three teams will compete in a round-robin tournament. Player nominations for the 2018 Ohio Machine Senior All-Star Challenge are now being accepted.
Ohio Machine Lacrosse Foundation Scholarship
The newly created scholarship fund will support two graduating high school seniors wishing to further their education beyond high school. The $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to one male and one female who have excelled in their commitment in growing the game of lacrosse in their communities. Applications are due April 1, 2019. The selection process and announcement for this scholarship will take place throughout the month of April, with an announcement of winners in May.
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