The tournament was the first of its kind on the women's side to help raise funds and awareness for the HEADstrong Foundation and blood cancer research.
"We are once again honored and proud to serve as hosts of the Nick Colleluori Women's Lacrosse Classic," commented Hofstra University Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Abby Morgan. "Last year's event raised $32,000 to support the HEADstrong Foundation and we hope to have as much, if not more, of an impact this year as well."
Participating in the tournament will be 15 teams: Hofstra, Adelphi, CW Post, Bentley, Iona, La Salle, Long Island University, Stonehill, Temple, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and a pair of post-collegiate teams (New York Athletic Club and Long Island Squids). Each squad will play four games and the schedule of the contests will be announced at a later date. Each team will be provided with lime green laces to be worn during the tournament to show their support.
In addition to a great day of lacrosse, there will also be a variety of items associated with the HEADstrong Foundation for sale, including the lime green laces. All funds raised during the tournament will go directly to the HEADstrong Foundation.
Nick Colleluori was a member of the Pride Lacrosse team from 2004 to 2006 and graduated from Ridley High School (PA) in 2004. Nick may have lost his battle with blood cancer on November 28, 2006 but his vision has just begun.
The HEADstrong Foundation is dedicated to Nick's life. He drew the logo as he was waiting to go into the operating room for a procedure. Because lacrosse was his passion and he can no longer carry the ball, his family and friends will carry the ball for him. Please join the HEADstrong Foundation's effort to bring Nick's vision to reality to promote cancer awareness, support research and help eliminate this disease.
The HEADstrong Foundation's mission is to generate funds for cancer research, distribute grants and assistance to survivors of blood cancer, provide financial assistance to families that are experiencing the hardships of having a sick family member, and provide scholarships and grants for students with ambitions of entering the medical field.
To learn more about the HEADstrong Foundation, please visit their website at: www.HEADstrongfoundation.org.