Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/23/10
Two non-profit U-15 boys’ lacrosse club teams with missions based on community service met Thursday in a benefit game that made all involved look like winners.
The Man-Up U-15 boys’ lacrosse club of Chester County played Team Relentless from Orange County, Calif., at Kelly Field in West Chester in a contest that not only raised money for two worthy causes, but continued to spread the message of giving back to the community.
The mission of the non-profit Man-Up club is for members to perform community service while promoting good sportsmanship through lacrosse. The major recipients of ManUp fund drives are men’s and women’s lacrosse coaches in need of assistance. The coach is Jim Schorn, also the head coach at West Chester East.
Team Relentless is a part of the HEADstrong Family. HEADstrong promotes blood cancer awareness and raises funds for families in need in honor of the late Nick Colleluori, a Ridley High graduate who died four years ago due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma while a student-athlete at Hofstra University.
Team Relentless performs fundraisers to support their team and its ability to travel the country, while at the same time donating funds to HEADstrong.
The game raised $1,000 for the Kivlin family of Chester County. to help support them while their daughter, Julia, undergoes treatments for brain cancer at the Children’s Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. Also, $500 was raised for the Michael Breschi Foundation at Loyola-Blakefield High School.
Michael Breschi is the late son of North Carolina coach Joe Breschi. Michael Breschi was hit by a car and killed in the driveway of his daycare center at the age of 3. Coach Breschi has been recognized for helping other families get through these types of tragedies and creating a foundation to support his cause. He has a positive motto based on “Family, Academics and Lacrosse.”
Also at Thursday’s game, Schorn gave a memorial award based on the motto, “Decisions = Consequences or Rewards.”
Coach Schorn lost two close friends in a car accident in October of 1988, while they were on their way to his high school football game. These two girls were superior in athletics, academics and the social scene, but passed away when a designated driver in their car was distracted by an intoxicated passenger and crashed the vehicle.
ManUp member Gregg Pelton was the recipient of the Krissy Holliday-Felicia Hawkins Memorial Award, a $1,500 academic/athletic scholarship. Pelton, a defenseman who will enter 9th grade at Malvern Prep in the fall, has made several tough but correct decisions in the last year. The award was presented as a plaque and the scholarship funds were donated by Schorn’s classmates from West Chester East.
Schorn also wished to thank Mike Bauer and the West Chester Youth Lacrosse Association for donating field time for the event.
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