Philadelphia Wings general manager and head coach Johnny Mouradian, president and CEO of the AILA, continues to champion indoor lacrosse in America by bringing the IMG Indoor Nationals to Philadelphia in January 2014. (Photo: John McCabe)
Following the launch of the IMG Nationals, an amateur outdoor lacrosse national championship series, IMG Performance has aligned with the American Indoor Lacrosse Association (AILA) to host the inaugural IMG Indoor Nationals in Philadelphia, Pa. from Jan. 10-12, 2014.
The IMG Indoor Nationals will take place in conjunction with the start of the Philadelphia Wings season and the 2014 U.S. Lacrosse National Convention. Top U15, U17 and U19 teams from around the country will have the opportunity to compete for the first annual championship title.
“We’re excited to launch the IMG Indoor Nationals to provide a larger, more organized and professional-style platform for indoor lacrosse, especially in light of the upcoming World Indoor Championships in 2015,” remarked Bill Shatz, Director of Lacrosse, IMG Academy, and IMG Indoor Nationals Tournament Director. “North America is the birthplace of lacrosse, so through this platform, we hope to see greater youth development for U.S. indoor lacrosse heading into the World Championships.”
IMG Indoor Nationals is an invitation- and qualification-only event series. A series of qualifying invitational events managed and operated by AILA will begin in the summer of 2013. From each event, the top team in each division will qualify for the IMG Indoor Nationals Championship. AILA qualifier sites to-date include: Baltimore, Md.; Rochester, N.Y.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Denver, Colo.; Fairfield, Conn.; Burlington, Vt.; Richmond, Va.; Ellenton, Fla.; and Long Island, N.Y.
“IMG Academy is committed to the sport of lacrosse, so we are thrilled to have AILA involved with the IMG Indoor Nationals event series,” said Johnny Mouradian, President and CEO, American Indoor Lacrosse Association and Head Coach & GM, Philadelphia Wings. “There is a tremendous amount of growth with indoor lacrosse, and as the leader in education and training of indoor lacrosse, building a stronger foundation for the indoor game is the next step to continuing that trend.”
To learn more about the IMG Nationals, visit: www.imgnationals.com.
About IMG Performance
IMG Performance, a division of IMG Worldwide, houses the world’s leading integrated academic and athletic training establishment, IMG Academy, as well as a number of extensions that have grown out of IMG Academy. IMG Performance’s primary focus is to continue to develop IMG Academy, as well as offerings such as Athletic & Personal Development Services, Performance Events, Labs & Research Collaboration, and Digital Products & Solutions. www.imgperformance.com
About American Indoor Lacrosse Association
American Indoor Lacrosse Association (AILA) provides programs and services designed to teach indoor lacrosse bio mechanics, principles and tactics that are transferable to the field game. Through high-quality programming and instruction utilizing a player-centered approach, AILA emphasizes skill and lacrosse IQ development, the benefits from the features of playing indoor lacrosse. www.ailacrosse.net