ROME, Ga. – The Berry College men's lacrosse program is set to host its fourth annual "Faceoff for a Cause" event alongside the men's lacrosse programs from Birmingham-Southern College, Emmanuel College, University of Alabama-Huntsville, Kennesaw State University, Reinhardt University, Shorter University, and Sewanee.
The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 13th from 8:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. at Berry College's Valhalla Stadium. The event includes scrimmages between the teams, a youth clinic and a fundraiser as the squads look to raise $10,000 for the nonprofit organization HEADstrong Foundation®.
"We're excited to host such a wonderful day of lacrosse and charity," Berry's head coach Curtis Gilbert said. "We hope that both the Berry College and growing Georgia lacrosse communities show their support and help us raise money and awareness for this great cause."
Gilbert said that special thanks are already due as the referee's for the event have agreed to donate their checks to the cause. The referee's will be presenting a check to the HEADstrong Foundation for their services in the amount of $3,600, while Aramark Dining Services has offered to feed some of the attendees for the event for free.
Since its inception four short years ago, the "Faceoff for a Cause" event has raised just over $27,000 for various charities, including Wounded Warrior and Samaritan's Purse.
"We are excited to not only have the platform to host such an outstanding event, but are also excited to have partnered up with such an ambitious and energetic foundation that is seeking to build a facility that is so desperately needed," Gilbert said.
"I am equally thankful to have such passionate colleagues that share this platform to spread charity and encourage support. I would also like to acknowledge the considerable support from all of the student-athletes, coaches, family and friends of everyone involved."
Admission to the event is free but donations will be accepted at the gate. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the nonprofit organization HEADstrong Foundation and will support a full range of programs and services to improve lives of people affected with cancer.
The HEADstrong Foundation has sponsored 'Nick's House' to help provide complimentary lodging for out-of-town patients and their families who are undergoing cancer-related treatment in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Nick's House is not a medical facility but a guesthouse designed to meet the unique needs of patients, their families and/or caregivers. It is with this intention that the HEADstrong Foundation is looking to build a 210-room facility in the Northeast to held aid in the recovery of lives affected by cancer.
If you are unable to attend on Oct. 13, donations can be made online by clicking HERE.
The free youth clinics will be offered from 11-12:00 p.m. and again from 3-4:00 p.m. at the Dickey Field adjacent to Valhalla Stadium. Participants can sign up for the clinic by emailing Coach Gilbert directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each of the participating six teams will play two games beginning with Berry College hosting Shorter University at 8:30 a.m. with the final game of the day featuring Shorter vs. Sewanee at 5:30 p.m. Additionally, a midday address to all those in attendance is encouraged to be in attendance for support of the cause at 1:30 p.m.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
1. 8:30-9:45 Berry College vs. Shorter University
2. 9:45-11:00 Birmingham-Southern College vs. Reinhardt University
3. 11:00-12:15 Berry College vs. Univ. of Alabama - Huntsville
4. 12:15-1:30 Birmingham-Southern College vs. Kennesaw State Univ.
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5. 1:45-3:00 Emmanuel College vs. Reinhardt University
6. 3:00-4:15 Univ. of Alabama - Huntsville vs. Sewanee University
7. 4:15-5:30 Kennesaw State Univ. vs. Emmanuel College
8. 5:30-6:45 Sewanee University vs. Shorter University
About HEADstrong Foundation®
The HEADstrong Foundation partners with sports teams and volunteers, as a 501(c)3 committed to improving lives affected by cancer. HEADstrong provides direct financial assistance, family lodging, inpatient accommodations, and peer support for those affected by cancer. The organization donates 90 cents of every dollar raised and has helped almost 15,000 cancer patients.
The mission of the organization is to uphold, preserve and expand the vision and final request of HEADstrong founder Nicholas "HEAD" Colleluori, that others would benefit from his life and experience through cancer. Colleluori was a men's lacrosse student-athlete at Hofstra University, who was terminally diagnosed with cancer entering his sophomore year. His activism, vision, and legacy lives on through those who benefit from HEADstrong's resources.
To get involved and learn more, visit https://headstrong.org/.