Casey Powell sees part of his job as a professional lacrosse player as that of an ambassador.
Playing attack for the Rochester Rattlers in the National Lacrosse League and the New York Titans in the indoor league, takes up much of his time.
However, the NLL’s all-time leading scorer still finds time to promote what he considers one of the fastest growing sports. On Thursday, Powell toured Riverside Military Academy’s campus to learn more about the host site for his lacrosse camp that starts July 12. The camp is designed to bring in select elite teams from the Southeast to stay on Riverside’s campus and learn from some of the sport’s more accomplished names.
"Riverside Military is a very prestigious school with great facilities," Powell said. "And they’ve really opened their arms to us."
Powell is also involved with the Copperhead Lacrosse Summer Classic from June 5-9 at the Allen Creek Soccer Complex. With four separate youth classifications, this tournament will play host to 40 lacrosse teams from Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida. With an expected 1,000 visitors coming to visit Hall County, that’s a piece of bright news for the local economy in bad times.
"This means they’re going to stay in our hotels, shop and see attractions in our area," said Jennifer Miller with the Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau. "I’m glad Hall County was so forward thinking to attract this kind of event."
Powell isn’t a local to Northeast Georgia, but he does have a brother, Mike, that lives in Newnan. From there, he struck up a relationship with Georgia Copperheads coach, Tom DeBole. Now, they’ve come together to bring two premier lacrosse events to Hall County this summer.
"In the South, lacrosse is growing at a rapid pace," Powell added. "Riverside Military and Allen Creek are great locations to host these events."