The Top Threat Championship tournament, taking place from July 7th through July 9th, is a three-day event showcasing 174 different teams from 17 different states across the country. The event will take place on fields in three locations throughout the county, including Iron Peak in Hillsborough, Mountain Park and Pingry School in Basking Ridge.
“Iron Peak was built to provide best-in-class facilities to athletes in New Jersey and throughout the country.It only made sense to partner with a premier organization like Top Threat on this high-level event,” states Gregg Wilke, Iron Peak’s Managing Partner. “We are excited about the opportunity this event will provide to showcase the county to athletes from across the country.”
Out of the 174 teams, 149 are coming from out of state, driving thousands of athletes and their families to businesses throughout the county including restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions. As part of the American Rescue plan, Somerset County provided funding to enhance the tournament.The grant was made to increase tourism to Somerset County and to support local businesses that depend on visitors.
“Tourism in central New Jersey has not yet recovered since the pandemic, and youth sports are a growing driver of tourism, said Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “By partnering with Iron Peak we will help to bring added economic activity to the county and support the recovery of our retail businesses and hotels.”In addition to the tournament, there will be an additional showcase event for players looking to gain exposure to college coaches and develop their skills. On July 10th, the Top Threat Sixes clinic and showcase will feature an hour-long clinic run by high-level Division I college coaches, followed by players competing in the fast-paced Olympic-style Sixes format developed by World Lacrosse.
“Top Threat Tournaments’ always works to find the best way to serve the girls’ lacrosse community. One way we do that is by sourcing marquee facilities across the East Coast, like Iron Peak Sports & Events,” states Blaire Cahana, Top Threat Tournaments Director of Marketing and Event Operations. “We are excited to be hosting our largest event of the summer in Somerset County, a region that provides great family-friendly options for team bonding at local restaurants and shopping areas, and quality lodging at reasonable rates.”