The following is an excerpt from an interview with Kevin Leveille, Director of the Lake Placid Summit Classic from this year’s 30th Annual Lake Placid Summit Classic.
“Welcome to the 30th Annual Lake Placid Summit Classic. Obviously, [it’s been] 30 years in Lake Placid. In 1990, my father started the tournament with only 17. I think it was 14 total games. People came from kind of the upstate New England region, and it rained the entire weekend. Luckily for him and everybody that’s here today, people went back home from the event, told their friends, and the next year it doubled. The event kept doubling.
Some of the highlights I remember from the early days were basically watching all the greats of the game, The Gait Brothers, other Syracuse Alumni, Tim Soudan, Brendan Schneck… So many players, there was no pro league, so everyone would come here to compete at a high level and compete for a championship. In a way, we take it for granted now, that, you know, we’ve got two pro leagues on the men’s side, and a women’s pro league, but back in the day, in the mid-90s, there was no pro league. There was as significant club league, but here would be the place that everyone would come to really stake their claim on, “Hey, we’re the best there is.” At every age level, it’s super competitive, and again, I think that’s why everything was kind of morphed into why there’s professional leagues today.”
A lot of history has been made here at Lake Placid, obviously the 1980 Olympics, but we’re still making history here in Lake Placid. Last year, we had the first 65+ game. This year, we’re going to have a whole division of 65+. Four years ago, we had the first ever MLL Legends Alumni Game, we’re under our fourth installment this year, which will include The World Lacrosse Format, which is the aim for the Olympic Games in 2028. My name is Kevin Levell, and I’m a director here at the Lake Placid Summit Classic. It’s our 30th year. I’m 38. This has been a part of my life forever, and we’re excited to host more and more people each year, and let everyone enjoy the fun up here.