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Chestnut Hill College returns to Nick Colleluori Classic Sunday at Ridley

Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, Clinics, College, Events, HEADstrong, Youth, Posted 10/2/12
From Press Release and Staff Report

Joining a crowd expected to exceed 10,000, the Chestnut Hill College men’s lacrosse team will head to Ridley High on Sunday for its third year of participation in the 6th Annual Nick Colleluori Classic.

Since 2006, the lacrosse community has descended on the small blue collar town to join the fight against blood cancer and the HEADstrong Foundation. To learn more about the Colleluori family and the HEADstrong Foundation mission, please visit the website at:

Chestnut Hill College began attending the HEADstrong Tournament in 2010, only days before a team member, Norristown’s Shane Franzone, was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, a rare blood disease that left him in critical condition for many months. Franzone has continued to make a strong recovery and has been out of the hospital for almost six months. He recently began attending classes at Montgomery County Community College this fall. See story last year on a special fundraiser by the CHC men’s and women’s teams.

The two-day Nick Colleluori Classic is dedicated to remembering the life and legacy of HEADstrong founder Nicholas Colleluori while promoting the importance of community, brotherhood and sportsmanship within the sport. Nick “HEAD” Colleluori was a 2004 graduate of Ridley High School and a member of the 2005 Hofstra University lacrosse team before passing from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in November of 2006. Colleluori began the HEADstrong Foundation to help those who have been diagnosed with blood cancers, and to put an end to this horrible disease.

Over 20 collegiate men’s lacrosse programs, 5,000 supporters, and a large group of volunteers settle upon Ridley High School annually for this weekend of top-level collegiate lacrosse and charity. The Griffins raised nearly $5,000 for the HEADstrong Foundation last year, which has risen over $1 million toward blood cancer research and family assistance.

Participating institutions collected donations for the HEADStrong Foundation by selling t-shirts for the event. Often referred to as the NCC this event is an emotional experience to be part of. Each team is led by an honorary captain who is either a survivor or patient of blood cancer. The Colleluori family delivers a heartfelt address to all of the participants and attendees during the HEADstrong presentation. Each program is recognized for their commitment to the foundation and giving sincere appreciation for making the event a success.

The HEADstrong Foundation has released the schedule for the event. Games will begin both days at 9:00 a.m. With the most teams ever assembled, this year’s event will include a huge fan fest, a clinic hosted by some of the best players in the game, contests, prizes, and a great cause.

Official Division I Schedule
Saturday, October 6, 2012

Stadium I
TIME Home Away
9:00 a.m. Marquette High Point
10:30 a.m. Michigan Mt. St. Mary’s
12:00 p.m. St. Joseph’s Marist
1:15 p.m. Presentation
2:00 p.m. Colgate Villanova
3:30 p.m. Lehigh Robert Morris
5:00 p.m. Hofstra Villanova

Field II
TIME Home Away
9:00AM Michigan Marist
10:30AM Robert Morris Marquette
12:00PM Hofstra Lehigh
1:15PM Presentation
2:00PM Mt. St. Mary’s St. Joseph’s
3:30PM High Point Colgate

Official Division II & III Schedule
Sunday, October 7, 2012

Stadium I
TIME Home Away
9:00 a.m. Neumann Rosemont
10:30 a.m. Albright Dowling
12:00 p.m. Stockton Marymount
1:15 p.m. Presentation
2:00 p.m. Adelphi Dowling
2:00 p.m. Neumann Thiel
3:30 p.m. Widener Marymount
5:00 p.m. Arcadia Chestnut Hill
6:30 p.m. Randolph Macon Misericorida

Field II
TIME Home Away
9:00 a.m. Arcadia Stockton
10:30 a.m. Adelphi Chestnut Hill
12:00 p.m. Randolph Macon Widener
1:15 p.m. Presentation
3:30 p.m. Albright Misericordia
5:00 p.m. Thiel Rosemont

In addition, Drexel University Men’s Lacrosse Program while not participating because of a trimester break, are supporting the effort through raising awareness on campus by selling HEADstrong T-shirts this fall.

Admission to the event is $10.00 and tickets will be sold at the gate. Children under 10 are admitted free and this year there is a special team package being offered for $150.00 which includes: (20)2-day player passes, (2) coaches passes, players clinic and sponsorship level in the program book. The package is currently available online available online at

The Experience
The HEADstrong Foundation has enhanced their special charity event with the goal of creating a memorable experience for all spectators. Aside from the largest group of collegiate teams ever assembled for the event this year will feature everything from Warrior’s newly designed Paul Rabil Experience to a clinic and autograph session presented by Relentless Lacrosse featuring Bill McGlone (Ridley, Maryland), Drew Westervelt (Wings), CJ Costabile, Ryan Cranston (Henderson, Lynchburg), Harry Alford, Michael Colleluori (Ridley, Hofstra) and others special guests.

The Team of Champions clinic will be held on Saturday at 11:00AM at the upper baseball field. Warrior will host an Accuracy Shot and kids can play in the Giant Inflatable Field.

In addition, will be hosting a Stick Trick Competition and Endeavor Sports Performance will be hosting physical challenges throughout the day. There also will be DJ music.

To have your team participate in the Team of Champions clinics, click here.
The $150 package Includes:

*(20) 2 Day Passes to the 6th Annual Nicholas Colleluori Classic
*(2) Coaches Passes
*(1) Complimentary On-Site Clinic Hosted by Relentless Lacrosse
*(1) Friends of Nick Sponsorship Level in the Event Program

The Vendor Village
This year’s Vendor Village presented by Endeavor Sports Performance will feature the latest and greatest from over 20 vendors including: Aloha Tournaments, A-Grade Lacrosse, Brine,, Cascade, Endeavor Sports Performance, Great Atlantic Lacrosse, Headwrapz, HEADstrong Foundation,, Lacrosse Republic, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Metropolitan Flag Company, Odor Balance, Philadelphia Wings, Premier Lacrosse, Relentless Lacrosse, Reversible LifestLifestyle, SCOUT by Bungalow, Varsity Belts, Global Players, United Sports Training Center and Warrior will be featured.


Specialty Concessions Merchants will include: Chef Michael Sultan’s Philly Street Food, Zac’s Hamburgers, Maui Wowi Smoothies and Gourmet Coffee’s, Best Darn Kettle Corn, Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream, Linvilla Orchards, Double Decker Pizza and much, much more.

A number of games also will be streamed via Access Lacrosse.


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