June 25, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – During its fall season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will participate in the fourth annual San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic Presented by Levi’s®, taking on Lehigh at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. The event is hosted by the Bay Area Youth Sports Foundation and all revenue from the game will benefit a variety of innovative sports and education programs for underserved children in the Bay Area.
“We are excited and thankful to be a part of this year’s event. Our men are looking forward to experiencing San Francisco and connecting with young players that represent the future of our game on the west coast,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach and an All-American at Springfield College, said.
Prior to the start of the competition, a free youth clinic will be held for 1st – 8th graders, featuring student-athletes from the participating teams. A free coaches clinic will be also be held for local youth and high school coaches with the coaching staffs from Lehigh and Ohio State. Both clinics will begin at 11 a.m. on game day.
Tickets are now available for purchase at www.sflacrosse.com, including early-bird discounts on general admission tickets until July 15. Information on the clinics is available on the website as well.
“The continuing enthusiasm that these top programs have to travel across the country to play each other underscores the significant growth of lacrosse in California,” said Colin Mistele, Event Director of the Fall Classic for the BAYS Foundation, and a two-time All-American lacrosse player from San Francisco’s University High School who went on to play Division I lacrosse at Lehigh University.
Lacrosse has been the fastest growing high school and college sport over the past dozen years. There are now more than 12,000 youth lacrosse players in California, and over 350 boys and girls CIF high school teams.
2012 marks the second year of the event’s title sponsorship by San Francisco’s Levi’s®. Because of the generosity of Levi’s® and other event sponsors, 100% of the ticket and concession revenue BAYS collects from the event will benefit the youth sports programs it supports. In the past three years, as a direct result of the Fall Classic, BAYS has invested more than $225,000 in seven innovative local sports programs for underserved children and youth.
“We are thrilled to again partner with an amazing global brand like Levi’s®,” said Rob Urstein, Board Chair of the BAYS Foundation. “Levi’s® has a rich history of giving back to the community, and all of the programs we support are led by young leaders —pioneers who are making a real difference by impacting kids all over the Bay Area in important ways.”
Ohio State, a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League, ended 2012 ranked 18th nationally and finished second in the ECAC, posting an 8-7 record overall. Patriot League member Lehigh won the conference tournament a season ago and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament after recording a school-record 14 wins.