Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/8/15
From Press Release
The HEADstrong Foundation™ has partnered with the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association to further blood cancer awareness and promote the growth of lacrosse through the HEADstring™ Project (http://headstringproject.com/).
The objective of the HEADstring™ Project is to infuse the values and positive message associated with the HEADstrong Foundation™, while helping to introduce the game to inner city students. The project seeks to inspire students-athletes by sharing the story of HEADstrong founder Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori, whose names is synonymous with character, camaraderie, courage, strength, toughness, determination and perseverance. The project promises to provide opportunities to student-athletes in underserved areas through the great game of lacrosse. It will enable interested volunteers to give back in the form of community service.
The PLA is looking for HEADstring™ volunteers (teams/programs/student-athletes) to restring and refurbish donated sticks using HEADstrong’s signature lime green mesh. Once completed, the sticks will be distributed to recipients in connection with the PLA’s “New Start” initiatives in the City of Philadelphia and elsewhere.
High school and youth teams and coaches, booster clubs, leagues, travel programs and student athletes interested in getting involved, contributing to a good cause, generating good will and potentially earning community service credit are encouraged to register on the HEADstring™ website as soon as possible (see http://headstringproject.com/register/ ).
Coaches and teams will be asked during registration if they wish to help mentor or “adopt” programs in underserved areas. This may involve sharing resources, providing coaching advice/guidance, inviting groups to attend games, offering to help with player clinics, helping to line fields, and generally to support City-based programs in creative ways.
In the immediate future, the PLA is looking for groups and individuals to:
• Organize and conduct stick donation drives at their schools over the next several weeks and throughout the spring; and
• Restring and refurbish donated sticks.
String stringing experience is preferred, but the PLA hopes to conduct stick stringing clinics at the Radnor Hotel or at other venues to train aspiring artisans. The PLA currently has over 50 sticks that need to be restrung with HEADstrong’s distinctive mesh. Once restrung, the heads will be fitted with new shafts and given new life in the hands of players in Philadelphia or other areas where the seeds have been planted.
We hope you can help with a few extreme makeovers – lacrosse style – to further some worthy goals. If you have any questions concerning the HEADstring™ Project, please contact Scott Growney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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