Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/21/15
From Press Release
The event has become a fall tradition on campus in effort to raise cancer awareness and funds to support the HEADstrong Foundation. This year the event will feature 15 collegiate women’s programs including: Adelphi University, Binghamton University, Central Connecticut State University, Hofstra University, Hofstra Alumni, Iona College, Le Moyne College, Long Island University Brooklyn, Long Island University Post, Manhattan College, New York Athletic Club, Siena College, Stony Brook University, UMASS Lowell and Wagner College, who will come together to face-off against cancer.
8th Annual Women’s Nicholas Colleluori Classic Event Schedule
Time Field I Field II Field III
9:00AM Hofstra vs LIU Post Stony Brook vs Wagner CCSU vs HF Hofstra Alum
9:50AM UMass Lowell vs Manhattan NYAC vs Siena Adelphi vs LIU Brooklyn
10:40AM Binghamton vs. CCSU Lemoyne vs. Wagner Stony Brook vs. Iona
11:30AM Hofstra vs HF Hofstra Alum Binghamton vs LIU Brooklyn Lemoyne vs UMass Lowell
12:20PM HEADstrong Presentation
1:10PM Adelphia vs Binghamton Siena vs LIU Post Stony Brook vs Manhattan
2:00PM Hofstra vs CCSU UMASS Lowell vs. Iona Stony Brook vs. HF Hofstra Alum
2:50PM LIU Post vs CCSU UMASS Lowell vs. Wagner NYAC vs Binghamton
3:40PM Adelphi vs Siena Wagner vs. Manhattan Le Moyne vs. Iona
4:30PM Hofstra vs. Siena NYAC vs Adelphi LIU Post vs. LIU Brooklyn
5:20PM HF Hofstra Alum vs. Iona NYAC vs. LIU Brooklyn Le Moyne vs. Manhattan
Student philanthropy is at the center of this special event with each of the participating teams hosting fundraisers on their respected campuses to assist the goal. Additionally, each player will take the field wearing HEADstrong’s iconic lime green shoelaces to promote awareness for the cause. HEADstrong will honor heroes and their families at the event presenting grants and gifts from the organization intended to improve their quality of life. HEADstrong President and Nick’s Mom Chery Colleluori will also present the prestigious Nicholas Colleluori Award to a member from each program whose contributions both on and off the field are transforming the landscape of their represented program.
In addition to a great day of lacrosse, the HEADstrong Foundation™ will be on-site sharing their mission and selling awareness merchandise. There will be plenty of activities to keep fans and spectators entertained all day. Proceeds from the WNCC will help to fund essential programs and services offered by the HEADstrong Foundation to improve quality of life for cancer patients and their families.
“Over the years we have witnessed some of the most amazing acts of kindness, sportsmanship and compassion at the Women’s Nicholas Colleluori Classic. To this day, I get chills thinking about Catholic University’s Tori Neill emotional and inspirational comeback after she scored her first goal after returning to the playing field after battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or the support that Yale women’s lacrosse displayed toward Hofstra’s own Jillian Geysen as they accompanied her to chemotherapy to assure her that she was not alone.
“The meaning and significance of this event goes far beyond the competition on the playing field and defines all that makes the sport of lacrosse so special. On behalf of the HEADstrong Foundation™, the Colleluori family and our founder, Nicholas, we wish to extend our sincere appreciation to Hofstra University Athletics for their continued commitment to supporting our Nick’s vision. Special thanks to Shannon Smith and Michael Bedford for taking this event to unprecedented heights. We wish to also thank all of the teams participating this year. We are looking forward to an incredible day of inspiration in support of all of those affected by cancer.” – Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong President and Nick’s Mom.