Inside Lacrosse magazine has announced plans for the second annual Powerball Lacrosse Tournament for men's and women's adult club players, with major changes that will benefit a charity and open up competition for college players.
The tournament will be held July 12-14 in Atlantic City, N.J., with game action taking place nearby at Richard Stockton College in Galloway, N.J.
"From the get-go, Powerball created a buzz with its unprecedented $25,000 cash prize for the winner," said IL's Powerball director, Dan Flynn. "What we never anticipated was that the motivation of participating teams would evolve from playing to win the cash for themselves to competing to raise money for charities. It was a remarkable and completely organic change of heart. The manner in which the lacrosse community rallied together to celebrate the game and compete for something much bigger than individual or team success was completely inspiring. We were really blown away by that."
There are two significant changes for the 2013 tournament. The first is that the elite "Money Division" will now be the "Charity Division"; all teams in the Charity Division will designate a charity to compete for, with a $25,000 prize up for grabs. Second, with the cash prize now going entirely to charity, NCAA bylaws No. 126.96.36.199 and 12.5.1 state that current college players will be able to participate in the Charity Division.
Last year's Money Division winner was Team Reebok Blacks Out Cancer, a group of National Lacrosse League and Team Canada stars who played to benefit the families of former teammates Chris Sanderson (a former Baltimore Bayhawks goaltender) and Brandon Miller.
"These Powerball rule changes will definitely add to the talent pool and strength of the competing teams," Flynn said.
In addition to the Charity Division for elite men's players, Powerball has the traditional competitive divisions of other summer tournaments such as a men's and women's open division, a men's masters division and a men's grand masters division.
"We're very excited about the changes to Powerball," said Inside Lacrosse Vice President and Editor in Chief John Jiloty. "Adding current college players makes this a must-attend summer event for players and fans. As the tournament grows, we hope to continue to add to the pool of prize money, and that will largely depend on sponsorship. We believe that the lacrosse community can do some amazing things through this tournament."
Men's and women's teams that register for Powerball Lacrosse before Feb. 1 are eligible to save 10 percent on the entry fee. Visit PowerballLacrosse.com to learn more about rules, tournament play and sponsorship opportunities, and to register to play in the tournament.