Second Nick Colleluori Women

The HEADstrong Foundation is delighted to announce that the 2nd Annual Nick Colleluori Women’s Fall Classic hosted by Hofstra University Women’s Lacrosse Team was a tremendous success. Special thanks to the Women’s Coaching Staff especially Abby Morgan and Tanya Kotowicz for their hard work and continued dedication to the Foundation.

A new women’s line of apparel débuted at the tournament included headbands, boxer shorts, tank shirts and anklet socks. Each of the 14 teams enjoyed a 5 game tournament under beautiful skies. In keeping with tradition, each of the teams sold HEADstrong t-shirts on their respective campuses, a key fundraising component.

The Foundation also acknowledges and thanks the following teams for being part of this incredible event: Adelphi University, Bentley College, CW Post, Iona College, LaSalle College, Long Island Squids (Hofstra alumni) Long Island University, NYAC, Temple University, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts, University of New Hampshire and University of Vermont.

Each coach was presented with a token of appreciation, a customized whistle. As Cheryl Colleluori thanked each coach and team for participating in the event, she asked that each time the whistle is blown, they reflect of the true meaning of the day, raising awareness of blood cancer in memory of Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori and all those battling this disease.

The event generated approximately $40,000 towards the HEADstrong Foundation’s mission of ending this disease and improving the lives of those affected.

September 25, 2010
By Chris Goldberg

Fourteen teams – including Temple and La Salle – participated today in the 2nd annual Nick Colleluori Women’s Classic at Hofstra University.

But perhaps no one player was more excited to compete than Hofstra junior midfielder Maryann Miller.

As a Ridley graduate, Miller has a deep appreciation for the HEADstrong Foundation and Nick Colleluori – the Ridley product who passed away four years ago due to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma while a student-athlete at Hofstra.

Last year, at the inaugural event, Miller could only watch because she had just undergone surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee. She missed the entire spring season, but has returned to full strength and today reveled in the festive competition.

“Last year the event took place two days after I had my surgery and I was pretty upset,” Miller said. “This year it was such a great experience. The whole tournament was great. We got to wear the lime green jerseys and shorts.