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Dec 17, 2014

Spin-A-Thon for SPCA Jan. 31

A six-hour Spin-A-Thon to raise money for the Georgetown SPCA will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at RISE Fitness + Adventure in Lewes. The event will featured six different instructors over the six-hour period. There are 150 spots available, 25 for each hour. Cost is $35 for the first hour and $10 for any additional hours. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m., with spinning starting at 7 a.m. For more information, call RISE at 302-703-2017.

Denver keynote speaker at lax convention

U.S. Lacrosse announced Commander Rorke T. Denver, a 13-year Navy SEAL and current author and actor, as the keynote speaker at the 2015 U.S. Lacrosse Convention, set for Jan. 23-25 in Baltimore.

Denver, who has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, among other international hot spots, will kick off the lacrosse world’s largest educational and networking event at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, in the Baltimore Convention Center.

“I’m honored U.S. Lacrosse has selected me to address lacrosse coaches and officials at its annual convention,” said Denver, who captained Syracuse as an honorable mention All-American defenseman and won two NCAA championships with the Orange in the 1990s. “Service to our country is something a number of lacrosse alumni have valiantly given, and there are lessons to be shared from both endeavors with the coaches and officials who play a leadership role for our young people.”

“We are in debt to Rorke Denver and others like him who put their lives on the line to defend the freedom of our country, and we’re honored to have him as our convention’s keynote speaker,” said Beth Porreca, director of special events at U.S. Lacrosse. “Rorke is an American hero with unique insights to pass along to all of us. His presentation should be an inspirational beginning to our weekend of learning and growth for the lacrosse community.”

Denver spent 13 years as a platoon commander and training leader following his 1999 completion of the SEAL’s Basic Underwater Demolition program. Among the hundreds of missions he participated in or led, Denver’s platoon completed 192 combat missions in seven months in the Al Anbar province of Iraq in 2006.

Denver has since authored the March 2013 New York Times best seller “Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior,” and he starred in the hit film “Act of Valor,” which is based on true SEAL adventures. He appeared on the November 2014 cover of Lacrosse Magazine as the publication paid tribute to the U.S. armed forces in conjunction with Veterans Day.

Lacrosse coaches, officials and administrators can register for the convention at for just $120 before Jan. 9 (a savings of $40 vs. walk-up pricing). Groups of 10 or more can register together for just $100 per person, also until Jan. 9. The convention registration includes free post-event access to audio/video recordings and PowerPoints of all convention presentations. Discounted hotel rooms for convention attendees at the Hilton Baltimore host hotel are just $135 per night plus taxes until Dec. 23 (market pricing thereafter).

The U.S. Lacrosse Convention has drawn approximately 7,000 participants in each of the last three years. The convention also includes the U.S. Lacrosse Fan Fest, which opens the convention center to the public Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lacrosse fans can check out gear and apparel from some 150 exhibitors in the sport’s largest expo hall, watch live demonstrations, and get autographs from members of Team USA and other top players and coaches.

For information on schedules, speakers, hotel discounts for attendees, Fan Fest, and to register for the convention, visit Follow the convention on Twitter @USLaxConvention (#LaxCon). Membership in U.S. Lacrosse is required to attend the full convention.

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