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Premier Lacrosse League Announces Green Beret, Navy SEAL Stars & Stripes Classic Exhibition at PLL Quarterfinals

By PLL | Jul 4, 2024

LOS ANGELES July 4, 2024 – The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) today announced a partnership with the Green Beret and Navy SEAL Foundations to establish the Stars & Stripes Classic, an exhibition game between Green Berets and Navy SEAL veterans to be held ahead of the PLL Quarterfinals at Gillette Stadium on Monday, Sept. 2 at 1 pm ET. PenFed Credit Union is a founding partner and the Official Credit Union of the inaugural Stars & Stripes Classic.

The Green Beret vs. Navy SEAL exhibition will feature former elite military operatives showcasing their athletic prowess and competitive spirit. This event aims to honor the bravery and dedication of these soldiers while raising funds and awareness to support their respective foundations.

“We are honored to partner with the Green Beret Foundation and the Navy SEAL Foundation to celebrate the great history of our special forces and our sport,” said Mike Rabil, co-founder and CEO of the PLL. “This game is more than just a competition; it's a celebration of the courage and sacrifice of our military heroes.”

“We’re overjoyed for our fans to experience everything we’ve been working on behind the scenes with both foundations,” said Danny Passovoy, VP of Ticketing and Fan Experience at the PLL. “This game provides an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for two incredible communities, and utilize our platform to educate fans on the connection between lacrosse and our military. Expect some hard hits, great uniforms and some experiential elements never seen before at a PLL event.”

“The Stars & Stripes Classic will highlight the strength, resilience, and teamwork embodied by our Green Berets and Navy SEALs," said Charlie Iacono, President and CEO of the Green Beret Foundation. "Lacrosse exemplifies the values of unconventional warfare, strategy, and camaraderie integral to the SOF community. We are excited to collaborate with the Premier Lacrosse League and the Navy SEAL Foundation in this inaugural exhibition, bringing our communities together to show support for our nation's most elite warfighters.

"We are thrilled to be a part of the Stars & Stripes Classic in collaboration with the Green Beret Foundation and the Premier Lacrosse League," said Robin King, CEO of the Navy SEAL Foundation. "This event not only showcases the remarkable athletic talents of our nation's elite warriors but also underscores the shared values of courage, resilience, and teamwork that define the special operations community and the sport of lacrosse. We are excited to join forces in celebrating the dedication and sacrifice of our Green Berets and Navy SEALs while raising vital funds and awareness to support our missions."

Tickets for the Stars & Stripes Classic and the PLL Cash App Playoff Quarterfinals are on sale now www.premierlacrosseleague.com/quarterfinals. Each ticket grants admittance to all three games.

The 2024 PLL Season continues in Boston July 5 and 6 when the Boston Cannons return home to Harvard Stadium. To view the full PLL schedule and purchase tickets, visit www.premierlacrosseleague.com/schedule.

About the Premier Lacrosse League
The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) powered by Ticketmaster is a men’s professional lacrosse league in North America, composed of eight teams rostered by the best players in the world. Co-founded by lacrosse superstar, philanthropist, and investor Paul Rabil and his brother, serial entrepreneur and investor, Mike Rabil, the PLL is backed by an investment group composed of Joe Tsai Sports, The Chernin Group, Arctos Sports Partners, Brett Jefferson Holdings, The Raine Group, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), The Kraft Group, Bolt Capital and other top investors in sports and media. The PLL is distributed through an exclusive media rights agreement with ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN+. The PLL was named 2023 Best Place to Work in Sports, and 2020 Sports Breakthrough by the Sports Business Journal, and recognized as a 2021 Best Employer in Sports by  Front Office Sports. For more on the league, visit www.premierlacrosseleague.com and follow on social media: Instagram (@PLL), Twitter (@PremierLacrosse), Facebook (@PremierLacrosseLeague), YouTube (YouTube.com/PLL) and TikTok (@pll).

About the Navy SEAL Foundation:
The Navy SEAL Foundation (NSF) provides critical support for the warriors, veterans, and families of Naval Special Warfare (NSW) through a comprehensive set of over thirty programs under five Pillars of Support: Strength, Resilience, Health, Education, and Community.

NSF is a high-performing organization committed to excellence. Charity Navigator has awarded it a 4-star rating yearly since 2009 and a perfect score of “100” since 2014 for financial health, accountability, and transparency. The Foundation ranks above 99.9% of over 200,000 charities nationwide, with ninety-four cents of every dollar donated directly funding its programs or being retained for future mission use.

NSF is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit charitable organization with TAX ID 31-1728910. It is not a part of the Department of Defense or its components and has no official affiliation with any federal entities. To learn more, visit www.navysealfoundation.org.

About the Green Beret Foundation
The Green Beret Foundation (GBF) provides emergency and ongoing support to all generations of U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers and their families. Since its inception in 2009, GBF has assisted over 20,000 Special Forces families and invested 86%, or 86 cents of every dollar, into its programs and services, totaling over $21 million that has directly supported the Regiment and its families. As a committed nonprofit organization, GBF has earned the prestigious 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a testament to its dedication and efficacy in supporting Green Berets and their families. GBF is the sole special operations nonprofit accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purpose of preparing, filing, and appealing disability claims. Please visit the Green Beret Foundation's website for more information: https://greenberetfoundation.org.