Martinsville, Virginia


Smith River Sports Complex Travels to Recruit

The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) staff just returned from Philadelphia, PA where they exhibited at the 2013 US Lacrosse National Convention on Jan. 11-13.

US Lacrosse promotes the convention as the largest gathering of the lacrosse community each year, not including the games themselves. It was projected that well over 6,000 people in the lacrosse industry attended.

By exhibiting at large sporting conventions it gives SRSC the opportunity to interact with sports industry professionals to learn new concepts and trends, promote upcoming events, and create awareness for the SRSC brand and Martinsville-Henry County. A primary reason for SRSC to attend these conventions is to meet with multiple key decision makers in order to bring tournaments back to the Martinsville-Henry County area.

SRSC has seen success in recruiting tournaments from these conventions such as the upcoming lacrosse tournament, the Pomerstone Classic. This lacrosse tournament will take place April 12-14, 2013 and will bring around 20 college club girls teams from Alabama, New York, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, Michigan, and Pennsylvania to the M-HC area. The initial contact came from meeting the tournament organizer, David Pomeroy, at 2012 US Lacrosse Convention.

"SRSC is thrilled to be bringing more and more lacrosse events to Martinsville-Henry County. We have seen a big increase in the number of lacrosse events we have hosted as well as our influence on the sport's decision makers from attending the National Convention in the past, and we see it as important to continue to cultivate these relationships in the future," said Billy Russo, Director of Operation for SRSC.

This week the staff at SRSC will travel to Indianapolis, IN for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Convention (NSCAA) taking place Jan. 16-29. Billed as "The World's Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches," each year the NSCAA Convention draws approximately 4,000 coaches and more than 9,000 attendees over five days.

For more information about the Smith River Sports Complex and upcoming events please visit or contact Amanda Gray at (276) 638-5200 for any questions or concerns.