By MLL Communications | 7/3/13 4:45 PM
July 4th as well as Canada Day are both important holidays in the hearts and minds of Americans and Canadians alike. With Major League Lacrosse teams having a good cross section of both nationalities we would like to wish a very happy belated Canada Day and a Happy Independence Day to all our Lacrosse players, fans and families.
For the eighth consecutive year the Denver Outlaws will host their “Mile High 4th of July Celebration” as they take on the NY Lizards at 9:00 p.m. ET. Fans in the Denver area flock to Sports Authority Field at Mile High for an evening of exciting Lacrosse that culminates in an extravagant fireworks display.
For the occasion the Outlaws will have Lacrosse Unlimited specially died, personalized Stars and Stripes heads that will then be autographed and auctioned off to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project after the game.
If you are not in the Denver area you can catch the game on CBS Sports Network live at 9:00 p.m. ET with Dave Ryan and Evan Washburn on the call.
To celebrate the holiday we asked some of our players to give us their favorite memories, foods and plans for this year. Here’s what they had to say:
Matt Bocklet – Denver Outlaws
“My favorite memory of July 4th is being named game MVP at Sports Authority Field back in 2010. Our great fans stuck it out and watched us play in a lot of rain. The rain stopped right as the game ended and we had an amazing firework show. When it comes to July 4th food I like anything ‘American’ so it’s hot dogs, hamburgers, bbq ribs, mac-n-cheese and watermelon. This year, I get the amazing opportunity to play for the Denver Outlaws, in front of the best MLL fans, in Sports Authority Field at Mile High!”
Steven Brooks – Chesapeake Bayhawks
“Having a huge BBQ at my aunt’s house with the entire family there is my favorite 4th of July memory. After we stuffed our faces my uncle tried to do a fireworks show in the front yard and it backfired quickly. He lit the fireworks and a gust of wind came and rocked it back and forth shooting all over the place. Half of the fireworks deflected off the trees and ended up on their neighbor's roof and started a little fire. Luckily it didn't do any damage but boy did I laugh my butt off!!This year, I will be spending America's birthday in our Nation's Capital, Washington, D.C., with my wife's family. Getting excited to see DC's firework show!!”
Terry Kimener – Denver Outlaws
“I don't have a favorite memory. Going to my buddy’s lake house at Lake Anna, Virginia is usually what I did until I joined the Outlaws. Usually my go-to dish on the 4th is pulled pork BBQ sandwich or a hot dog with BBQ beans on top with a side of watermelon and corn on the cob. I'll be in Denver playing the New York lizards for this 4th of July. After the East Coast fireworks, watch us play on CBS Sports Network at 9:00 pm ET.”
Brett Schmidt – Charlotte Hounds
“I don’t really have a specific July 4th memory, but just being able to spend the day with my family and friends, getting to enjoy each other’s company is what I like to do. It's a great day to take a step back and relax. And who doesn't love a midweek day off! I’m just looking forward to relaxing and spending it outside. And of course, watch film on Boston!’
Justin Turri – Denver Outlaws
“Growing up, we would go to my grandparents’ summer lake house, which is now ours, in the Adirondacks in upstate NY. They would have a big July 4th parade in town, a boat parade on the lake, and then a big fireworks show over the lake at night. The majority of my extended family would be there every year, so it was always a great time to get together. I don’t have any crazy recipes, maybe a salad or I just end up manning the BBQ. Simple but necessary. I won’t get to do that this year as I'll be battling for win number 10 in front of (hopefully) the largest crowd in MLL history! #31k”
Greg Gurenlian – New York Lizards
“My favorite memory is the Springfield 4th of July Parade and the Father-Son three-legged race. Carolina Pulled Pork is what I like to eat on Independence Day. After a huge game on the 4th vs. the Outlaws, I'll be hanging out with my fiancé and brother and sister in-law in Denver for the weekend.”
Brian Megill – Denver Outlaws
“Every year for the first 12 years of my life my family and I, we owned a 40-foot lures house-boat at the time, would wake up to the sound of the diesel engines early July 3rd. We would make the three-hour trek from Mantoloking, N.J., all the way to Long Beach Island, N.J., where we would dock at ship bottom marina. We would spend time during the day in the arcade, at pig roasts, going on waterslides, and using new rollerblades we got each year to ride around the park. Then on the night of the Fourth we would all get on the bow of the boat and watch the most amazing firework show I have seen to date. This year I plan to defeat the New York Lizards, watch some fireworks at Mile High Stadium with the fans, and last but not least celebrate America’s birthday in the city of Denver with my teammates!”
Scott Ratliff – Boston Cannons
“My favorite Independence Day Memory is spending it with my Loyola teammates on Nantucket Island a couple of summers ago. It is one of the most American places in the country. I have too many favorite dishes to name but I always think of watermelon when I think of Fourth of July. This year I’ll be hanging out with the family on Lake Hartwell, and listening to Jay Z's new album which drops on the 4th. Also I’ll be preparing for our game against Charlotte on the 6th.”
Kyle Hartzell – Ohio Machine
“Just spending time with family that I haven't seen in a while is one of my favorite memories, my parents always have a big party to celebrate and a lot of family from all over comes in. Nothing better than that! I will be going to my parents’ house for their annual cookout, My dad makes really good wings which are my favorite, and then headed back into the city to watch the fireworks from my buddies rooftop deck, Baltimore puts on a good show.”