More than 500 teams and 10,000 players have converged on Durham Region for the largest youth lacrosse event in North America.
The 14th annual Ontario Lacrosse Festival runs until Aug. 13 at a number of venues across the region.
In total, the festival includes 44 national and provincial box lacrosse championships.
Oshawa is represented by nine teams in divisions ranging from tyke to midget and the intermediate provincial championships.
Local players representing Team Ontario in the peewee national championship include Oshawa’s Sam Budway and Liam Odette, and Whitby’s Zach Warren, Scott Clapham and Jamie Darlison.
Legends Centre on Harmony Road North in Oshawa will host matches in the tyke, novice and bantam provincial championships, as well as the peewee and midget national championships.
On Aug. 12, Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby will host the peewee and midget national championships bronze and gold medal games.
In addition to the indoor tournament competition, an outdoor ‘fun zone’ will provide “unique, engaging and experiential opportunities” for festival goers, according to a media release.
“The Ontario Lacrosse Association is once again pleased to partner with Durham Region to deliver first-class facilities for the excitement and drama of our provincial championships. On behalf of the OLA, we extend an invitation to everyone to join us at our annual celebration of the game,” says John Doherty, association president.
More information on the festival, plus schedules and results can be found at ontariolacrossefestival.com