Since its creation in 2001, stickwithus.org has been dedicated to the creation of first class leagues,
teams, and events for lacrosse athletes in North and South Carolina
2001 birth of MACS Youth Lacrosse, and the non-profit StickWithUs Organization.
Later in the year the name would change to Mecklenburg Youth Lacrosse (MYL).
2002 the website StickWithUs.org is launched. StickWithUs fields the first ever North Carolina travel team (U-13 Charlotte Copperheads).
2003 the still popular “Polar Bear” winter league is started. The first ever lacrosse game to be played in Charlotte’s Downtown Memorial Stadium, the “Queen City Top 50” high school boys all star game is created and would later become the NC Great 38.
2004 Carolina Lacrosse Association, LLC is formed under the StickWithUs umbrella. Team Charlotte travel team started (HS & U-15). Fall leagues and clinics are started. The first ever boys lacrosse tournament in NC is started “The Charlotte Fall Lacrosse Classic.”
2005 Team Carolina Elite established (HS)
2006 Birth of the NC Great 38 statewide All-Star lacrosse game.
2008 Steady growth continues as more than 2,500 families participated in one of twenty-plus StickWithUs & CLA lacrosse programs
2009 the launch of the biggest and most competitive summer tournament in the South East is started “The Big South Summer Classic.” South Charlotte Cyclones established (U-15 thru U-9)
2013 Team Carolina Elite wins Boston’s LEGACY CUP tournament; Team Carolina 2016’s win the DENVER SHOOTOUT
2014 Team Carolina Elite wins HOT BEDS tournement
2015 StickWithUs starts the Champions Challenge, a one day event featuring the top high schools in the state competing to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
All travel teams are now under the Team Carolina brand (HS thru U-9).
2018 Team Carolina 2021’s win NAPTOWN; Team Carolina 2022’s win the VAIL LACROSSE SHOOTOUT
2019 Team Carolina 2023’s win the DENVER SHOOTOUT
2020 By 2020 more than 250 Team Carolina/Team Charlotte athletes go on to play college lacrosse at the D1, D2, and D3 level. Our players are on starting rosters in National Championship games at every level, and include a Tewaaraton finalist in Mike Sawyer (Charlotte Catholic/Loyola 2012) and a D3 National “defensive player of the Year” by Tommy DeLuca (Apex HS/Cabrini University 2021).
2022 StickWithUs starts the Heroes Bowl, a one day event featuring the top high schools in the state competing to raise money for local first responders.
The “first ever” South Carolina Great 38 is established.
In June 2022 the StickWithUs Organization sold the Carolina Lacrosse Association (including Team Carolina) programs to Ricky Reyes of Reyes Sports Enterprises. The new owner of Team Carolina and the Carolina Lacrosse Association, Reyes Sports Enterprises is a professional sports management company that helps club teams and event organizers across the country deliver a premier experience. Team Carolina is now ONLINE HERE.
The Carolina Lacrosse Association is now ONLINE HERE.
In July 2022 the StickWithUs Organization sold the tournament section of the Carolina Lacrosse Association to Bobby Thompson of Carolina Lacrosse Tournaments. The new leaders are committed to delivering the same premier tournament experience you have come to expect from us. The tournament info is now ONLINE HERE.
After the sale of CLA, StickWithUs.org will continue to run its non-profit arm that includes the Champions Challenge, the Heroes Bowl, and the Great 38 All Star Games.
Ethan Desmond & Angus Musser
Team Charlotte Lacrosse Summer 2008