April 13 2017
The Elmira College men's lacrosse team has continued its commitment to help better the lives of those affected by cancer through its extended partnerships with the lacrosse-based HEADstrong Foundation over the past two seasons.
HEADstrong was established by former Hofstra University men's lacrosse player Nicholas Colleluori, who was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma following his freshman season, with the goal of raising awareness and funds to support cancer victims and their families. Although Colleluori passed in 2006, his vision has grown into a nationally renowned 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has raised over $9 million and has assisted over 13,000 patients since 2007.
To support Colleluori's cause, the Soaring Eagles designated their home contest on Saturday, April 8, against the Hartwick College Hawks as a USILA/HEADstrong Cancer Awareness Game, as part of the extended USILA/HEADstrong Cancer Awareness Month initiative. On the field, EC sported special socks and shoelaces trimmed in the charity's signature lime green color.
The Elmira men have also participated in HEADstrong's Mustache Madness Campaign over the last two years. During the annual fundraiser, lacrosse players from colleges and universities across the country are encouraged to raise funds while growing out their fuzzy facial hair. In all, the Soaring Eagles have collected $6,137 to support the charity and Colleluori's mission of assisting cancer victims and their families. This past fall, Elmira collected the seventh-most out of the Division III programs that participated in Mustache Madness, and were 10th nationally in the fall of 2015.
"I am very proud of the effort the guys put in and realizing what an outstanding foundation HEADstrong is," Head Coach Preston Chapman said. "Even the smallest little bit that we as a team can do I'm hoping will go a long way to help families in need."
Former team captain and current EC assistant coach, Bryce Richmond '16, has recognized the importance of giving back to the community and other charitable causes, and was a driving force behind organizing the team's initial fundraising for efforts during his senior season.
"I was big on community service when I was a student," Richmond stated. "I hope that supporting HEADstrong and other community service events throughout the year helps instill good values in our guys."
Those interested in learning more about how the HEADstrong Foundation is improving lives affected by cancer, please visit www.HEADstrong.org or follow them on Twitter @HEADstrongFnd.