The Newport Laxfest Lacrosse Tournament will be returning to Aquidneck Island this month.

Scheduled for July 13th and 14th on four fields at St. George’s in Middletown, there will be over 20 collegiate and above teams made up of current and former pro players playing in four divisions – Mens Open 18+, Masters 30+, Grand Masters 45+, and Womens Open 18+.  

“In the event some former or current lacrosse players reside in Newport, we have some free agents at three different age categories, open (Collegiate plus), Masters (30+) and Grand-masters (45+),” Peter Schmitz, partner of Newport Laxfest told What’sUpnewp.

In 2018, Black Dog were Mens Open champions, THC (The Hot Club) were Masters champions, and Atlantic Sportswear GM were Grand Masters champions.

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Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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