Auburn, Ala. -- Auburn is set to host the USA Handball Men's and Women's National Teams as they take on  the Canadian National Teams on Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. The women's game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. followed by the men's game at 5 p.m.

“Our teams have been training hard, physically and mentally,” said Dave Gascon, USA Team Handball high performance chair. “The teams have achieved much success over the past four years at Auburn University and have been preparing for this moment to qualify for the Pan American Games.”

This game is part of a home and away game series that will determine which team will represent North America at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, which will take place in summer 2019. Whoever wins first place of that tournament will continue on to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The fourth, third and second place teams will play in a separate qualifying match to give another team a chance at the 2020 Olympics.

The USA Team Handball is also partnering with the East Alabama Food Bank in efforts to help the community with food insecurity. Attendees to the match are encouraged by the team to bring non-perishable food with them that they will be able to donate to the East Alabama Food Bank when they arrive at the game. The barrels for collecting these food items will be at the main entrance of the Coliseum on the east side adjacent to the parking lot.

This event is free, and open to the public. Doors are set to open at 2 p.m.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for people to see high level competition of an Olympic sport by two national teams,” said USA Team Handball Men’s Coach Christian Latulippe. “We are excited to host this official, sanctioned event in Auburn.”

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