PHILADELPHIA – NXTsports is excited to announce that it will host the 2016 Inter-Ac Challenge’s semifinals and championship game at Villanova Stadium on Villanova University’s campus. NXT is thrilled to announce that perennial national powerhouse Culver Academy (Ind.) is joining the tournament’s 12-team lineup.
Haverford School, which went 26-0 and finished as the unanimous top team in the country, headlines the 12-team group as it aims to defend its title. Fellow Inter-Ac schools Episcopal Academy, Germantown Academy, Malvern Prep, Penn Charter and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy welcome 2015 Inter-Ac Challenge runner-up Hun School (N.J.), Lawrenceville School (N.J.), Academy of the New Church, Hill School, Shipley School and Culver as their guests.
The top four teams in the tournament earn a first-round bye, while the lower eight teams play at the higher seed’s location on Monday, May 16. The Proving Grounds in Conshohocken once again play host to the Inter-Ac Challenge’s quarterfinals on Wednesday, May 18 before the tournament heads to Villanova. The final four teams play on Friday, May 20 and the Inter-Ac Challenge championship game takes place on Sunday, May 22. The Comcast Network will once again broadcast the championship game.
The Inter-Ac Challenge is proud to partner with the Wounded Warrior Project and all net proceeds will be donated to the WWP. The Wounded Warrior Project aims to honor and empower wounded warriors and to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. More information about this great cause can be found at woundedwarriorproject.org.
“The sport of lacrosse has the critical foundation values of teamwork, discipline, hard work and excellence,” Wounded Warrior Chief Program Officer Adam Silva said. “These are qualities that we find in our armed forces, in our team at Wounded Warrior Project and in the wounded veterans that we serve. I’m honored and proud to be part of an opportunity that will reinforce those values with these young athletes.”
The Inter-Ac Challenge will also feature middle school all-star games on Villanova’s field before the tournament final on May 22. The Pennsylvania and New Jersey seventh grade all-stars will play first, followed by the best eighth graders from the Keystone and Garden States. Tryout information for the middle school all-star teams will be released in the near future.
“We’re excited to work with Villanova and to hold the tournament at a first-rate Division I school,” Inter-Ac Challenge Director Brett Manney said. “The Inter-Ac League is the toughest boys lacrosse league to win in the country, so to have the opportunity to pair those elite teams with six top-level guests is a big honor and makes the Inter-Ac Challenge the top postseason tournament in the country. To make it even better, we get the chance to honor our nation’s veterans in need by working with an incredible charity in the Wounded Warrior Project.”
Ticket information for the quarterfinals, semifinals and final is available at inter-ac-challenge.com. Inter-Ac Challenge partnership information is available by contacting Rich Lisk, NXTsports Director of Partnerships, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Inter-Academic League
The Inter-Academic Athletic League is the oldest secondary school athletic league in the nation. The boys’ Inter-Ac consists of Episcopal Academy, Germantown Academy, The Haverford School, Malvern Preparatory School, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and the William Penn Charter School. The Inter-Academic League has inherited an unrivaled tradition that it wishes to perpetuate through the possibilities of true collaboration in the competitive arena of athletics.
Founded in 2010, NXTsports is a sports education and management company headquartered in Philadelphia. The mission of NXT is to create the most innovative sports education programs and execute industry-leading events at exceptional venues. NXT delivers a superior participant experience across its entire portfolio of brands. NXT’s brands include NXTlacrosse, NXTbasketball, NXTfieldhockey, NXTsoccer, NXTfootball, NXTevents, Showcase Lacrosse, MVP Lacrosse as well as club teams in Chicago and Philadelphia. The goal of NXT is to redefine the youth sports experience.
About the Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The Wounded Warrior Project seeks to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history and to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. The Wounded Warrior Project also helps injured service members aid and assist each other while also providing unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. The greatest casualty is being forgotten.