DA-hosted lacrosse tournament to support efforts of alumnus Chris Rosati's Inspire Media Network
Posted 03/05/2015 02:49PM

As a host of the King of the Spring Face-Off Classic lacrosse tournament, Durham Academy will play host to nearly 30 of the nation's top high school lacrosse teams from March 6 to 8. The sixth-annual tournament will support the efforts of Inspire Media, a nonprofit founded by DA alumnus Chris Rosati '89, that encourages people to perform bold and extraordinary acts of kindness that have the potential to inspire millions when their story is told. 

Over the course of three days, the teams participating in the King of the Spring tournament will compete in 25 games on fields around the Triangle, including co-host Cardinal Gibbons High School, Ravenscroft School, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, Durham County Stadium and Cedar Falls Park. This year's event includes girls matchups for the first time, and teams are traveling from as far as Texas and Maryland.

DA's boys team will play Providence Day School on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Memphis University School on Sunday at 11 a.m., both at Durham County Stadium. DA's girls team will play Ponte Vedra High School on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and St. Anne's Belfield School on Saturday at 10 a.m., both on UNC's Henry Field. See more of the schedule online.

"The King of the Spring has emerged as a one-of-a-kind event in the high school lacrosse community and has quickly become an annual destination for some of the best programs in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast," said tournament director and DA boys lacrosse coach Jon Lantzy. "As coaches and educators, we are always looking for meaningful opportunities to expose our student-athletes to the true meaning of service. We will once again use this weekend as on opportunity for not only great competition on the field, but a chance to inspire our student-athletes to use their many talents to make their communities a better place."

Rosati hopes that players, coaches and families involved with the King of the Spring tournament will work to make a difference in the lives of others — as he has inspired millions with his selfless acts of kindness in the face of unthinkable adversity. Perhaps best known to regular viewers of CBS Evening News as "the Krispy Kreme Bandit" for realizing his dream of "hijacking" a Krispy Kreme truck and giving out doughnuts to strangers, Rosati has refused to allow his diagnosis of ALS to dim his bright spirit.

"About a year ago, I, along with some friends, founded the nonprofit Inspire Media Network and invited students to submit their Big Ideas for the Greater Good (BIGG)," Rosati said. "A BIGG is an out-of-the-ordinary act that spreads joy and inspires others to do the same. We funded a handful of ideas, filmed them and held a red carpet, Hollywood-style screening."

Lantzy described Rosati as "a pillar of perseverance."

"Chris has shown and continues to show that how you 'live' your life is what really counts," he said. "Millions of people — some we know, many we don’t — are dealt seemingly insurmountable circumstances but find a way to overcome and inspire all those around them. Chris shows us all that all things are possible with the power of a positive attitude and the support of someone that cares."

Joining hosts DA and Cardinal Gibbons in sponsoring the King of the Spring are Brine Lacrosse, OT Sports, Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, Fusion Lacrosse, Muscle Milk and Republic Wireless. 

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