Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/13/12
A great day was had by all on Saturday at West Chester Henderson High School campus where area boys’ and girls’ high school varsity and JV lacrosse teams gathered for a play day in support of 4th Annual Care for the Cure Lacrosse Tournament.
The tourney’s mission is to bring the lacrosse community together in the name of Caroline “Care” Cranston, who died from AML Leukemia on May 8th 2010.
One of the boys’ teams participating and playing together for the first time as a team was the Quakertown Lacrosse Club. This team is in its inaugural year playing high school level lax. The Quakertown players began their love of lacrosse as part of a start-up youth program three years ago where, until then, Quakertown had no community-based lacrosse.
Bill Smith, assistant Quakertown coach, said, “My family has been coming to the Care 4 the Cure tourney for a few years now, to watch the games and support the cause. Ryan Cranston is a great guy and we hope to participate for many years to come.”
The Philadelphia Wings donated pinnies to the Quakertown team to use for the Care 4 the Cure event as part of a youth lacrosse outreach program.
“We are grateful to the Wings and appreciate their support,” said Tim Johnson, interim head coach of Quakertown and president of the Quakertown Youth Lacrosse Assn. “Many of our players attend Wings camps during the year and we appreciate the chance to work with these professional players. They have been a great influence on our young men.”
The Wings are looking to partner with all local youth clubs in the greater Philadelphia and south Jersey areas this year. The outreach to youth organizations stems from the notion that more and more American youth players are learning the box lacrosse game to enhance their skill set and compete at a higher level in college.
“Our All-Star players have a lot to contribute to the local community here in Philly and we are excited about joining forces with the surrounding youth clubs,” said Michael French, Wings President.
To become a Wings youth club partner, contact Joe Manuli, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for streaming videos of two games by Access Lacrosse from the Care for the Cure, including Harriton vs. Quakertown.