Aug 29, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT
The Hofstra University women’s lacrosse program will continue its on-going efforts to support the HEADstrong Foundation by hosting the fifth annual Nicholas Colleluori Women’s Classic on Saturday, Sept. 28 at James M. Shuart Stadium.
The Pride will host the event in Hempstead, N.Y., with the proceeds directly supporting the quality of life service offering provided by HEADstrong to families and patients nationwide. The tournament will feature 11 teams: Hofstra, Aldelphi, Catholic, Central Connecticut State, LIU Post, Iona, LIU Brooklyn, Manhattan, NYAC, Stony Brook and Villanova.
“We are honored to once again be hosting the Nicholas Colleluori Women’s Classic on September 28,” Pride head women’s lacrosse coach Shannon Smith said. “Our program and the Colleluori family have built a special bond and we are honored to help carry on Nick’s mission. Our team is excited to share Nick’s vision with the other teams coming to the tournament this year. As Nick so eloquently once said – ‘Make use of the time you have and don’t stress the little things. Have a smile and enjoy what you can get out of life’,”.
Nick Colleluori was a member of the Hofstra men’s lacrosse team from 2004-06 and enjoyed a standout high school career at Ridley High in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Colleluori played in all 16 games as a freshman at Hofstra and was known for his never-give-up attitude and blue-collar work ethic. Colleluori was later diagnosed with blood cancer in April of 2005, but after 14 months, he lost his battle on Nov. 28, 2006. Still, his spirit lives on through the foundation which has helped raise over $200,000 for the cause in its history. To learn more about Nick and the HEADstrong foundation, click here.
All the teams in the event will wear Laces for Lymphoma and will engage in service by selling awareness tee shirts on their respective campuses to add to the fundraising total. In addition, one member from each squad will be chosen as the recipient of the Nicholas Colleluori Award, which is presented to the player whose contributions both on and off the field help transform the landscape of their represented program.
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