For Immediate Release
Getting A HEAD of Cancer
Contact: Pat Colleluori
Content Contributed by: Scott Growney
HEADstrong and PLA Unite To Promote HEADstrings Initiative
The Philadelphia Lacrosse Association has released its uniform for this Saturday’s exhibition game between the United States U-19 Men’s National Team and the Eastern Pennsylvania All-Stars. The uniforms for the Eastern Pennsylvania All-Stars were designed by Lacrosse International and represent the colors of the Philadelphia Wings, the team sponsor for Saturday night’s exhibition game. Face-off will be at 7:00 p.m. at Radnor High School. The Eastern Pennsylvania All-Stars were selected from among some of the top players in the area, representing 13 different high school programs in the region.
The Philadelphia Lacrosse Association will be accepting donations of new or used lacrosse sticks at the entrance of Radnor stadium on Saturday night in connection with the exhibition game, which the PLA, as the local chapter of US Lacrosse, is hosting as a fundraiser for the United States U-19 Men’s National Team as they prepare for the World Championships in Turku, Finland beginning on July 12.
The HEADstong Foundation has generously donated over 200 pieces of it’s distinctive lime green mesh as part of what the PLA and HEADstrong are calling the “HEADstring” initiative. Donated sticks will be re-strung with the lime green mesh and will be donated to the lacrosse programs in the Philadelphia School District as part of the PLA’s City Initiative, which works to grow the sport of boy’s and girl’s lacrosse within the school district of Philadelphia.
The goal of the “HEADstring” initiative is not only to further the PLA’s mission in the City but to help communicate the message of character, determination and perseverance, all reminiscent of HEADstrong’s Founder, Nicholas Colleluori. The PLA will accept boys’ and girls’ sticks, including goalie sticks. There will be a donation box at the entrance of the stadium at Radnor on Saturday night.
The PLA has asked several Philadelphia based club travel teams to identify players who can help restring the sticks as a community service project. Team HEADstrong, Mesa Fresh, Man Up and the Wet Bandits have all expressed interest in supporting the effort, but all clubs and high school age stick stingers are welcome to participate. Volunteers will receive a certificate of service in connection with the “HEADstring” initiative, which the PLA and HEADstrong will issue jointly.
“We are thrilled to be working in partnership with PLA on this wonderful outreach project. The lacrosse community continues to overwhelm us with their support and we felt encouraged to work with PLA to introduce the game and our cause to new players through their City Initiative. Preaching the positive message of the game and the difference players can make within it, is truly at the heart of our effort.” says Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong President and Nick’s Mom
We are hoping to see a large crowd at Radnor come out to watch some of the area’s top players take on the USA U-19 National Team. The event promises to showcase great lacrosse and the hope it that parents and players will check their closets, basements and garages for surplus sticks, heads and shafts, all of which will be refurbished and given new life furthering other important and promising causes.