Third Annual Summer of Next Airs on ESPNU

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Third Annual Summer of Next Airs on ESPNU

  • Next Generation of College Athletes Compete at Elite Events
  • The Opening Features a Glimpse into College Football’s Future
  • NIKE Peach Jam, Adidas Uprising and Nationals Showcases College Basketball’s Next Wave of Athletes
  • 2015 GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff Begins 2015-2016 Season

ESPNU presents the third annual Summer of Next Presented by GEICO, a series of events featuring the nation’s next generation of college athletes across four sports.  The annual summer programming begins with the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game (July 3) and continues with The Opening (July 9-10), the EYBL Finals at NIKE Peach Jam (July 12), Adidas Uprising (July 26), Adidas Nations (August 3), American Legion Baseball World Series (August 17-18), and the High School Football Kickoff (August 28-30).  Overall, Summer of Next will feature more than 20 games, 60 hours of programming, and hundreds of elite student-athletes.

Summer of Next Events

  • Under Armour All-America Lacrosse at Towson University in Towson, Md.
    When: July 3  at 8 p.m. on ESPNU

    • Top high school seniors, selected by Inside Lacrosse Magazine, compete in prestigious lacrosse event.
    • The Boys Classic rosterand more information about the event can be found here.


  • The Opening at the NIKE World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon
    When:July 9 and July 10 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU

    • Elite high school football players take part in five-day camp presented by NIKE.
    • The 7ON tournament’s preliminary rounds and championship will be televised.
    • The Elite 11, Lineman Challenge and NFRC Championship will be televised.
    • Matt Schick, Tom Luginbill, Craig Haubert, Mike Bellotti, Trent Dilfer and George Whitfield will be a part of the telecast.
    • Follow the event on Twitter via @TheOpening
    • Numerous players in the ESPN 300are expected to participate, with an official roster posted soon
  • EYBL Finals at NIKE Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C.
    When:  July 12 at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on ESPNU

    • Twenty four teams comprised of the nation’s elite high school basketball players compete in a tournament which culminates on ESPNU.
    • Both semifinals (July 12 at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.) and the championship (3 p.m.) will be televised.
    • Numerous players on the ESPN 100are expected to participate
    • Notable alumni:Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter and LeBron James.
  • Adidas Uprising in Las Vegas, Nev.
    When:July 26 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on ESPNU

    • Teams comprised of nation’s top high school basketball players participate in the finals of a national tournament.
    • The showcase game will be televised (4 p.m.) followed by the championship game (6 p.m.).
    • Numerous players on the ESPN 100are expected to participate.
    • Notable alumni:James Harden and Marcus Smart and event was previously called the Adidas Super 64.
  • Adidas Nations in Los Angeles, Calif.
    When:August 3  at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on ESPNU

    • Camp for elite high school basketball players from the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America.
    • Players learn from current and former NBA players, college players and other respected ambassadors of basketball.
    • ESPNU will televise the third place game (7 p.m.) and the championship game (9 p.m.)
    • Numerous players on the ESPN 100are expected to participate.
    • Notable alumni:James Harden, Kevin Love and Derrick Rose
  • American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C.
    When:August 17 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and August 18 at 7  p.m. on ESPNU

    • Nation-wide summer baseball league culminates on ESPN, with both semifinals and championship games televised
    • Elite high school baseball players team up with other in their regions for play throughout the summer.
    • Programming note: The entire preliminary rounds of the tournament (14 games) will be carried exclusively on ESPN3
    • Notable American Legion Baseball alumni: Tony Gwynn, Greg Maddux, and Albert Pujols
  • 2015 GEICO High School Football Kickoff
    When:August  28-30 across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU

    • ESPN begins the 2015 high school football season with a 10-game slate
    • 33 Ranked Players in the ESPN 300
    • 10 States, Nine 2014 State Champions, Including Three Matchups of State Champion vs. State Champion
    • Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, and Penn State Commits to Participate
    • Full details, including game schedule, can be found here.

Summer of Next Elements

Social Media: @ESPNU is the social destination throughout Summer of Next. Fans can join the conversation by tagging their tweets with #SummerofNext ESPN’s online recruiting platform  will provide fans with in-depth analysis of Summer of Next, including  player and class rankings and scouting reports for select events.  Watch highlights of Summer of Next and interact with Recruiting Nation’s reporters and analysts by following @ESPNRNFball and @ESPNRNHoops


Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner

Derek Volner

I currently lead ESPN’s NFL Communications, including Monday Night Football, NFL Draft and studio programming. Previously, I did the same for ESPN’s vast college football portfolio. I have been with ESPN since 2013.
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