By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/23/16
The HEADstrong Foundation capped its busy Fall Fundraising Event Series Saturday night at Cabrini University with the Inaugural HEADstrong Foundation D3 Scrimmages.
The college fall ball event was the smallest (Cabrini, Widener, Montclair) of the six tourneys throughout the East Coast this year, but perhaps the most special event for HEADstrong President Cheryl Colleluori – who graduated from Cabrini just 10 years ago as a non-traditional student.
Cheryl Colleluori addressed the players, coaches and parents as she always does in a large circle and noted that her graduation meant so much to her and her family that Nick Colleluori demanded she go to her graduation despite being very ill while fighting Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. On Saturday, Nick’s spirit shined on the event as his mother – who spent 14 years finishing all her classes – was recognized with the Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Award for Community Service. Since the HEADstrong Foundation was formed in 2007, the organization has raised over $9 million to fight blood cancer.
The event was emotional for Cabrini senior attackman Patrick Regan (Middletown, MD), who lost his mother 13 months ago due to Pancreatic Cancer. Regan was recognized as the Cabrini “Nick Colleluori Award” winner for his spirit, work ethic, unselfishness and other qualities that exemplified the former Ridley great who created the HEADstrong Foundation.
“Ever since (losing my other) everything in my life has changed,” said Regan. “I am humbled to get this honor. We were involved two years ago at thew event in Ridley and it’s great to see it is still growing.
“I think that it’s a testament to Mrs. Colleluori and the Foundation. We are really glad to host it here and see the tight-knit community of lacrosse come together.”
Senior attackman Tyler Schulte (Seneca-NJ) was named the Widener recipient of the Nick Colleluori Award.
“I was a great honor,” said Schulte. “It really does mean a lot to me that my coaches recognize me as someone selfless. I do feel privileged to be a part of this whole event and to be able to play for Nick and I have so much respect for all these teams and the money being raised.
“I know about it goes towards a good cause so I’m thankful for all that. It’s great to be able to be involved in this competition in this great event.”