Contact: Pat Colleluori
PHILADELPHIA, PA – In effort to strengthen their commitment to developing the complete holistic student-athlete, The Faceoff Academy (FOA) is proud to announce a newly formed community partnership with the HEADstrong Foundation. The partnership is intended to raise funds to support the essential services provided by the HEADstrong Foundation to improve lives affected by cancer while providing athletes with a philanthropic activity to fulfill community service requirements and or collegiate prerequisites.
Beginning this season, Faceoff Specialists from across the country will have the ability to compete in the “Face-Off Against Cancer”, an interactive online fundraising effort in which athletes will track face-off victories and use them as a measure for driving pledges for the cause. Participants will share their statistical and fundraising progress using social media platforms and will empower their social network, friends and family to contribute reoccurring pledges throughout the season. FOA and HEADstrong plan to reward top participating face-off specialists with incentives and prizes. FOA plans to integrate the “Face-Off Against Cancer” into upcoming combines, draw days and events across country.
“Many of us at The Faceoff Academy have been personally affected by cancer and as a former teammate and opponent of HEADstrong founder Nicholas Colleluori, I am extremely proud to announce this new partnership. HEADstrong is certainly very near to my heart and I am honored to work with the organization and empower athletes to make a difference in the lives of families affected by this disease. As competitors we dedicate our lives to pursuing excellence and we at FOA believe in developing contributors to society who understand and appreciate the bigger picture. These life lessons begin now and we hope that our influence and endorsement of this noble cause we aid in the betterment of prospective players and their families.” Greg Gurenlian, FOA founder.
Face-off Specialists can NOW register and create their individual fundraising page.
“We are very proud to announce this new partnership with The Faceoff Academy and believe that this is a wonderful vehicle for empowering athletes to have real impact on behalf of families across the country affected by cancer. We applaud FOA for their commitment to excellence and we are humbled knowing that our Nick’s legacy lives on through the amazing efforts within the game. We wish to sincerely thank Greg Gurenlian, Jerry Ragonese and The Face-Off Academy for carrying our torch and facing-off against cancer alongside of HEADstrong” Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong Foundation President & Nick’s Mom.
About HEADstrong Foundation
The HEADstrong Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to improving lives affected by cancer. HEADstrong was founded by Nicholas Colleluori, a Division I athlete entering his sophomore year at Hofstra University when he was terminally diagnosed with cancer. 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. HEADstrong invests more than $.90 of every dollar into a service offering 100% committed to improving the quality of life for families affected by cancer. HEADstrong grants financial assistance, funds projects to improve the inpatient experience, provides meals and outlets of entertainment, delivers comfort kits, peer support and most notably operates Nick’s House™, a haven of comfort for families seeking comprehensive cancer care.
About The Faceoff Academy
The Faceoff Academy is dedicated to developing the lacrosse skills of every athlete through the highest quality of instruction. We strive to create well-rounded athletes with the ability to contribute to their teams offensively, defensively, and at the faceoff x. While physical skills are important, The Faceoff Academy recognizes that many times the mental game can be the difference between a good player and an elite player. Therefore, we place great emphasis on strengthening these skills. Although lacrosse is our main focus, we also seek to develop young men of character. The Faceoff Academy, above all else, takes pride in developing young men who are confident, and believe in hard work and discipline. Most importantly, The Faceoff Academy believes in live repetition as a way to improve as a faceoff specialist.