Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/7/11
The ManUp boys’ lacrosse club raised approximately $2,500 in its third annual “Cuddle My Kids” benefit game Sunday vs. HEADstrong at West Chester East.
ManUp is a non-profit boys’ club program whose mission is to help lacrosse coaches and families in need of assistance. Proceeds from the game – which involved mostly players in the Class of 2014 – went to “Cuddle My Kids,” a home-based non-profit that assists children directly affected by cancer. Click here for “Cuddle My Kids” website.
“Cuddle my Kids” was founded five years ago by Cathy and Scott Gabrielsen. Cathy is a survivor of breast cancer. Scott is a youth coach and lacrosse supporter, and a former collegiate and pro standout (Philadelphia Wings).
“Cuddle My Kids” has been serving families (or caregivers) that are in treatment for cancer and have children between the ages of 1-8. The organization is unique because it is the only home-based non-profit that focuses primarily on the children affected by this disease.
The ManUp team members sold 263 Christmas wreaths over the past few weeks to raise the money. Donations also have been accepted.
In the game, the ManUp defense was superb and the team’s overall defensive play was strong throughout. Other game highlights:
Offensive MVP : John Mehok (Bishop Shanahan) – ManUp
Defensive MVP : Greg Pelton (Malvern Prep) – ManUp
Two Way MVP : Christian Jobs (Conestoga) – Headstrong
Officials from the game included Bill Twohig, Tim Barrar, Craig Burnett and Kevin Schaefer and Megan Aukmet served as the trainer. All donated their time. Also, 20 pizzas were donated by Rigtown Oven.
Jim Schorn, ManUp coach, praised the efforts of Cathy and said Scott Gabrielsen. Scott spoke to the players after the game and reminded all that the players must appreciate playing the sport of lacrosse and continue to embrace the service they provide for people in need.
“He reminded them that lacrosse is a game of ‘Gentleman Warriors,'” said Schorn. “To me that is a really unique slogan. He explained that as warriors they are battling, but the sport of lacrosse brings gentlemen to the table.
“They get to see the benefits by giving back. The sales of the Christmas wreaths proves his point. He is correct; lacrosse players are true gentleman warriors.”
Schorn also praised HEADstrong for being involved in such a worthy cause for the second year in a row. The HEADstrong team was coached by Matt Flynn.
“They have come two years in a row and it’s a testament to HEADstrong and what they represent,” said Schorn. “As a coach who has been coaching a long time. I enjoy watching coach Flynn manage his team. HEADstrong provides an excellent environment and they do everything right, from the top down.”