Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/17/14
The Strath Haven boys’ and girls’ lacrosse programs are combining efforts to raise funds to combat Alzheimer’s disease and Autism at this year’s 2nd annual “Play for the As” event.
The event will be held Saturday when the Strath Haven boys’ team hosts Henderson HS (6:00 jv, 7:30 varsity start on King Field). All funds raised will be donated to the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in support of research toward a cure, as well as support for caregivers of those affected by this debilitating disease. The team has already raised nearly $4,000 through website donations, and will be selling T-shirts, providing information, and soliciting additional support on Saturday night at the game.
Members of the high school and youth programs at Strath Haven recently visited the Plush Mills Senior Living Center and met with a group of seniors for an evening of conversation and camaraderie and future visits are being planned (see photos). In its second year of supporting the fight against Alzheimer’s, the team has expanded its service through this important interaction with seniors, in order to bring both awareness of and support to those affected by Alzheimer’s.
Head Coach Jef Hewlings thanked all for the support shown by the program and the lacrosse community in Wallingford: “Just having this opportunity to raise awareness of the effects of Alzheimer’s is pretty special; my mom suffered for many years before she passed away in 2009, and I remember all too well the toll her condition took on my dad. He was a champion caregiver during those years, and what we are able to do as a program to support the challenges faced by caregivers means a lot to me – and my family.”
Those interested in supporting the team’s efforts are asked to consider a contribution to fight Alzheimer’s through the event website at: