HEADstrong Foundation For Immediate Release
Contact: Pat Colleluori
Stage Set for Men’s Nicholas Colleluori Classic Long Island at Hofstra University, 10/8
HEMPSTEAD, NY – On Saturday, October 8th Hofstra University will host the Nicholas Colleluori Classic Long Island; a special collegiate men’s lacrosse event honoring the life and legacy of Nick “HEAD” Colleluori. Colleluori was a lacrosse player entering his sophomore year at Hofstra when he was terminally diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His public fight from the sidelines captivated the nation and from his hospital bed he created an organization focused on empowering student-athletes to improve lives affected by the disease. His vision was simple yet critical; helping real families when they needed it most, providing support so that families may live with a greater dignity and normalcy. Colleluori fought to improve the inpatient experience, the affordability and accessibility of care and tackled the general concerns facing the patient population. Understanding the ripple effect and impact that a cancer diagnosis had on a family, Colleluori championed efforts to support caregivers and capital projects to improve accommodations. He built an awareness platform driven by lime green shoelaces, the national awareness color for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He empowered his own family and in the last days of his life asked them to pick up the ball where he left off. It’s a promise that the Colleluori family continues to fulfill through the essential programs and services offered by the HEADstrong Foundation, www.HEADstrong.org.
The event is part of HEADstrong’s 9th Annual Fall Event Series and will be the 2nd year that Hofstra has hosted the event. The NCCLI will take place at James M. Shuart Stadium and will feature 5 men’s lacrosse programs competing throughout the day. The games will begin at 9:00AM and will conclude with the last game beginning at 3:00PM. Proceeds will support the HEADstrong Foundation anorganization founded by Colleluori to improve lives affected by cancer. www.HEADstrong.org.
This year’s lineup includes: Hobart College, Hofstra University, Lafayette College, Mount St. Mary’s University and Yale University.
|Nicholas Colleluori Classic LI||Field Location||Home||Away|
|Game I – 9:00AM EST||James M. Shuart Stadium||Mount St. Mary’s University||Lafayette College|
|Game II – 10:30AM EST||James M. Shuart Stadium||Hofstra University||Hobart College|
|Game III – 12:00PM EST||James M. Shuart Stadium||Mount St. Mary’s University||Yale University|
|HEADSTRONG FOUNDATION DI PRESENTATION – 1:15PM|
|Game IV – 1:40PM EST||James M. Shuart Stadium||Lafayette College||Hobart College|
|Game V – 3:00PM EST||James M. Shuart Stadium||Hofstra University||Yale University|
The Colleluori family will honor a local family affected by cancer and will present the Nicholas Colleluori Award to member of each participating program for their commitment to leadership, selflessness and community.
In lieu of admission, a suggested donation of $5.00 per person will be asked at the gate. HEADstrong will also have a full offering of supporter-wear on hand with proceeds helping to advance the mission.
“We are looking forward to spending the day with our Long Island lacrosse family on October 8th. This fall will commemorate the 10th anniversary of our Nick’s courageous battle and untimely passing to non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Joining us this year will be 40 of the top college men’s and women’s lacrosse programs and many more who will support the cause from afar. We are fueled by the love and support that we continue to receive. 10 years have gone by in the blink of the eye and we have never been more driven or motivated to share Nick’s legacy with the world. I cling to one of the last things that our Nick said to me, “Mom, this lacrosse community is our family and they will never let us down.” $8.5 million dollars and 13,100 families later, Nick’s vision continues to see new heights. We are so humbled to see the continued support and teams from all over the country finding inspiration in our Nick, our work and who have picked up the ball where he left off. On behalf of the HEADstrong Foundation, the Colleluori family and our founder, Nicholas, we wish to extend our sincere appreciation to all of the teams, supporters and volunteers taking part in part of our fall event series this year.” – Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong President and Nick’s Mom
For more information on the HEADstrong Foundation, please visit www.HEADstrong.org or follow on social @HEADstrongFnd.