Chester, PA – A beautiful Spring day was the perfect setting for a great day of competition at the HEADstrong Foundation’s 4th Annual Rivalry Games at Widener University this past Saturday, March 30th. The event gathered over 3,000 spectators and helped to generate over $40,000 supporting the HEADstrong Foundation’s fight against blood cancers.
This year 12 boys lacrosse programs from the Delaware Valley took part in the Rivalry Games. The box scores from the games are listed below.
Great Valley over Upper Merion (14-3)
Holy Ghost Prep over New Hope-Solebury (13-0)
Chestnut Hill Academy over Manheim Township (6-5)
Perkiomen Valley over Methacton (8-6)
West Chester Rustin over Upper Darby (13-8)
Stath Haven over Interboro (16-4)
Throughout the day HEADstrong President Cheryl Colleluori addressed the players and crowds of supporters about the life and legacy of Founder Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori’s and spoke about the impact of their involvement and generosity will have on the blood cancer community.
During the day the HEADstrong Foundation presented their signature lime green laces to each participating players and encouraged them to leave a legacy on the game the way Nicholas Colleluori did.
Outside of presenting laces to the players, members of the Colleluori family presented the Nicholas E. Colleluori Award to a player from each of the participating teams. The award recipient is selected by their head coach and presented to a player who demonstrates leadership, determination, heart and a relentless drive on and off the playing field.
2013 Nicholas E. Colleluori Award Winners
Trevor Kupecky – Upper Merion
Greg Merrill – Great Valley
Christopher Pauley – New Hope-Solebury
Greg Wozniak – Holy Ghost Prep
Jesse Atkins – Upper Darby
Tyler Seal – West Chester Rustin
Sean Tornetta – Perkiomen Valley
Ben Schimpf – Methacton
Matt Simmons – Interboro
David Ruffini – Strath Haven
Troy Karpinski – Manheim Township
Forest Rall – Chestnut Hill Academy
“Today was an incredible example of how the lacrosse community can rally and make a difference. We truly appreciate everyone who attended our 4th Annual Rivalry Games. Congratulations to all of our teams, it was thrilling to watch the games and share with all of the players, coaches and families a piece of our Nick. At the end of the day this event is more about the impact and difference that we together as a lacrosse community can have on those affected by blood cancers then any box score. Our fight never ceases but we can say that HEADstrong was victorious today. We wish to thank our volunteers, our planning committee and Widener University Men’s Lacrosse team and families for their continued support. We hope that all who attended left inspired to pick-up the ball where our Nick left off.” Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong President and Nick’s Mom
Since its inception the HEADstrong Rivalry Games has been an overwhelming success, attended annually by over 3,000 supporters and has helped to generate over $250,000 to support HEADstrong’s Quality of Life Services and Programs.