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Minnesota Meltdown Jamboree “Unofficially” Kicks Off High School Lacrosse Season

Minneapolis, MN, March 19, 2010 --( Homegrown Lacrosse, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit organization, is unofficially kicking off the Minnesota high school lacrosse season on April 3, 2010 with its first annual preseason jamboree. Hosted at McMurray Fields in St. Paul, Minn., the Minnesota Meltdown gives players and coaches an opportunity to jump start the year with competitive pre-season games.

“One of my first memories of college lacrosse was the pre-season jamborees,” said Colin Achenbach, co-founder and program director Homegrown Lacrosse. “With such a short season, jamborees are a great way to shake off the nerves and get any last kinks out before the official games start. As a coach it gives me one last look at the younger guys, and let’s me see how players react in game situations.”

Participation in the Jamboree is limited to 22 boys high school varsity teams – selected on a first come basis. The following varsity teams have already registered:

· Bloomington Jefferson
· Bloomington Kennedy
· Burnsville
· Eagan
· Eastridge / Park
· Eastview
· Hastings
· Lakeville South
· Mahtomedi
· Minneapolis Inner-City Co-op
· Mounds View
· Stillwater
· St. Thomas Academy
· St. Paul
· Woodbury

Run in accordance with MSHSL scrimmage policy, each team will play a minimum of two games consisting of 25 minute running halves and have an hour break between games.

All proceeds from the event will support the organization’s In-School PE Program which is designed to introduce K-12 students to the sport, its history and basic skill set necessary to play the game. In 2009, Homegrown Lacrosse’s program reached more than 8,500 students.

For more information and to register a team for the Minnesota Meltdown Jamboree, visit

About Homegrown Lacrosse
Founded in 2003, Homegrown Lacrosse is dedicated to encouraging positive change in the lives of youth lacrosse players and supporting the growth of the sport in Minnesota. Through community-based programming, Homegrown Lacrosse uses lacrosse to provide opportunities for individuals to get involved and cultivate the skills and relationships necessary to succeed on and off the field. Led and staffed by experienced collegiate lacrosse players, Homegrown Lacrosse holds clinics, leagues and K-12 educational programming throughout the year.

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Homegrown Lacrosse
Aron Lipkin
(612) 237-9242

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