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PLA, @HEADstrongFND announce that HEADstring Project donates almost 150 restrung sticks for programs in Philadelphia

Thursday, 25th June 2015

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 6/25/15
From Press Release

The Philadelphia Lacrosse Association (PLA) and the HEADstrong Foundation™ are proud to report that “HEADstring Project” enabled the PLA to donate close to 150 restrung and refurbished sticks to support boys’ high school programs in the City of Philadelphia.headstrng 1

This past March, the PLA delivered 6 goalie sticks, 64 long sticks and 70 short sticks, most of them restrung with “HEADstring” mesh and fitted with new shafts, to Tom McLaughlin, Lacrosse Chair for the Philadelphia Boys Public League.

“These donations are a wonderful contribution toward our efforts to grow lacrosse in Philadelphia,” according to McLaughlin. “We were happy to help give these sticks new life in the hands of players from Frankford, Roxborough, West Philadelphia, Mastery-Shoemaker, Audenried and other Philadelphia public schools. Your generous support for the Philadelphia Public League is greatly appreciated, as always.”

The HEADstring Project ( is a collaborative effort to get sticks into the hands of players in underserved areas of lacrosse while infusing the values and positive message associated with the HEADstrong Foundation™ and its founder, Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori. The initiative, in its third year, allows donated sticks to be refurbished by volunteer student athletes using HEADstrong’s signature lime green mesh. Once completed, the sticks are donated by the PLA to support diversity, inclusion and the growth of lacrosse in Philadelphia.

“We continue to be excited to partner with the HEADstrong Foundation™ and are grateful for their support in helping to expand the game in the region through this program,” said Scott Growney, PLA board member and director of the HEADstrong Project. “Our hope is that the initiative continues to inspire teams and players to organize stick donation drives and volunteer to help refurbish the sticks. In doing so, they can serve their community by spreading blood cancer awareness, communicating lessons about character and determination reminiscent of HEADstrong’s namesake, and supporting lacrosse in non-traditional areas.”headstring

“We wish to thank the PLA and the Philadelphia Public League for their support and interest in helping us promote blood cancer awareness through the HEADstring Project,” said Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong President and Nick’s Mom. “It has been particularly exciting to see the response from several dozen high school and college players, who have volunteered their time to collect, restring and recycle sticks and support the program, all this while helping to share the HEADstrong story.”

The PLA, the HEADstrong Foundation™ and the Philadelphia Public League wish to thank the teams and volunteers who have helped with the HEADstring Project to date. The list (current through June 25, 2015) is below. Individuals, coaches and teams can register to support the program by visiting Thanks also to LEAPS Lacrosse, which helped distribute the sticks, and to Heritage Lacrosse, LLC for collecting sticks in connection with the annual Chapter Challenge, a youth lacrosse festival in Chester County, and for helping to implement and administer the program on behalf of the PLA.

• Conestoga High School
• Dukes Lacrosse Club
• HEADstrong Lacrosse Club
• Strath Haven High School
• Upper Darby High School

• Grant Ament (Haverford School)
• Eric Bauer (Archbishop Wood)
• Chris Berkelbach (Rutgers University)
• Chris Brady (Conestoga High School)
• Jack Brien (Conestoga High School)
• Jesse Brown (Lansdale Catholic)
• Mark Campanile (UMass-Lowell)
• Mike Chadwick (Lancaster, PA)
• Anthony DeSana (Seton Hill University)
• Connor Devine (Great Valley High School)
• Zach Drake (LaSalle College High School)
• Matt Ernst (Episcopal Academy)
• Jacob Farrell (Susquehanna University)
• Alex Filbert (Nazareth Area High School)
• Same Fink (Salesianum, DE)
• Adam Graham (Clearview Regional High School, NJ)
• TJ Hanzche (United States Naval Academy)
• Zach Harmann (Seton Hill University)
• Damien Marusa (Chester Springs, PA)
• Zack Nelson (Allentown Central Catholic)
• Colin Peck (James Madison University)
• Brandon Razler (Warminster, PA)
• Alex Ready (Dukes Lacrosse Club)
• Drew Schantz (Malvern Prep)
• Matt Schleicher (Conestoga High School)
• Erik Schultz (Garnet Valley High School)
• Robbie Sedlak (Conestoga High School)
• Ryan Simson
• Casey Starner (Nazareth High School)
• Chris Stone (Upper Darby High School)
• Jeff Stone (Drexel Hill, PA)
• Colin Strange (Dukes Lacrosse Club)
• Luke Taicher (Conestoga High School)
• Marty West (Lansdowne, PA)


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