Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/15/13
From Press Release
And while there will be four teams battling on the fields at Penn Park, this event will be played to honor those battling blood cancer.
The event will feature four Division I programs – including two from Philly – playing two scrimmages each. The games will begin promptly at 11:00AM. Participating teams include Bellarmine University, Drexel University, Hobart College and the University of Pennsylvania.
Admission can be purchased at the ticket booths on event day. All proceeds will support the HEADstrong Foundation™, the Nicholas E. Colleluori Lymphoma Research Fund and the Abramson Cancer Center.
Children Under 5 – Free
Adult Pass – $5.00
The date and setting of this NEW Fall collegiate event is significant to the organization, as it will be on what would have been HEADstrong Founder Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori’s 28th birthday and will be played in the shadows of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he fought his heroic battle against non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
The UCC™ is a day a philanthropy pairing the elements of a Fall collegiate scrimmage with a day of service. Emphasis will be placed on providing an outlet for patients and their families while raising funds to support HEADstrong’s research effort.
HEADstrong will provide complimentary admission to patients and families receiving care at the both the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After the event HEADstrong will serve dinner to the patients, families and staff at the Rhoads Pavilion at HUP and on the Hematology Oncology floors at CHOP.
The schedule for the inaugural University City Classic Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania.
Field 1 (Dunning-Cohen Champions Field)
Hobart vs. Penn
Field 2 (James “Ace” Adams Field)
Bellarmine vs Drexel
12:30 HEADstrong Presentation (Dunning-Cohen Champions Field)
Drexel vs. Penn (Dunning-Cohen Champion Field)
Bellarmine vs. Hobart (James “Ace” Adams Field)
“On behalf of the HEADstrong Foundation™, our Founder Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori and our family we are excited to present the University City Classic. We plan to make this an annual event in addition to our existing Fall fundraisers. Special thanks to all of the participating teams helping us to see this event into fruition. When Nick was going through treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at times he felt cooped up in the hospital and it really affected his moral. When he had the chance to come home, watch a game from the sidelines at Hofstra he seemed so rejuvenated. We wanted to do something really special on what would have been his 28th birthday and provide that opportunity for families receiving inpatient care to get out and spend the day together watching some incredible lacrosse. After the games we will be serving a catered dinner to them in effort to promote normalcy to celebrate the importance of the family support network. We are proud to partner with University of Pennsylvania on this endeavor, through the UCC™ we will be able to strengthen our commitment to those affected by the disease. We look forward to seeing everyone on October 19th.”
– Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong President and Nick’s Mom