Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/8/17
From Press Release
This fall, the lacrosse community will commemorate the 11th anniversary of Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori’s courageous battle against non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma through eight special fundraising events supporting his vision, the HEADstrong Foundation.
The events will feature more than 41 NCAA men’s and women’s lacrosse programs from around the country, who will be raising funds to support the cause. Since Colleluori’s passing in the fall of 2006, the mission of the HEADstrong Foundation has taken flight. The 501c3 non-profit organization has since allocated more than $10.5 million dollars which has impacted more than 14,000 families affected by cancer. Currently, HEADstrong is amidst a major capital project in the construction and renovations of their second Nick’s House location in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
The new guest family home which is expected to begin families by the end of this year, will provide an additional 2,555 nights of complimentary lodging and support for families displaced to the Greater Philadelphia region seeking comprehensive cancer care and clinical trials. With student-philanthropy as a backdrop HEADstrong has built a platform focused on directly helping families in navigating their cancer journey with an improved quality of life. Proceeds from the events will advance HEADstrong’s mission of improving lives affected by cancer.
2017 HEADstrong Fall Event Series
10/14 – Nicholas Colleluori Classic Long Island at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (MLAX)
10/15 – Nicholas Colleluori Women’s Classic at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (WLAX)
10/15 – HEADstrong Women’s Lacrosse Classic at Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ (WLAX)
10/15 – Nicholas Colleluori Women’s Classic at Long Island University Post, Brookville, NY (WLAX)
10/15 – Nicholas Colleluori Classic Baltimore at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (MLAX)
10/15 – University City Women’s Classic at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (WLAX)
10/21 – HEADstrong DIII Fall Scrimmages at Cabrini University, Radnor, PA (MLAX)
10/22 – University City Classic at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (MLAX)
On Saturday, October 14th, HEADstrong in partnership with Hofstra University will host the Nicholas Colleluori Classic Long Island in Hempstead, NY and will feature Bucknell University, University of Hartford, Hofstra University, Lehigh University and Penn State University in men’s lacrosse action.
The following day, on Sunday, October 15th, HEADstrong will be the benefactor of five college lacrosse events throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The 10th Annual Nicholas Colleluori Women’s Classic at Hofstra University will feature Boston College, Hofstra University, University of Connecticut and University of Michigan. Across the island, in Brookville, Long Island University Post will welcome Adelphi University, Central Connecticut State University, Hofstra University Women’s Lacrosse Alumni, Long Island University Brooklyn, Manhattan College, New York Athletic Club, Quinnipiac University and Villanova University. In Piscataway, Rutgers University will host Fairfield University, Siena College and Wagner College. In Philadelphia at historic Franklin Field, the University of Pennsylvania will host Temple University, University of Southern California, and the University of Virginia in women’s lacrosse action. And in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University will welcome Army, University of Albany and University of Richmond for the Nicholas Colleluori Classic Baltimore.
On Saturday, October 21st Cabrini University will welcome Montclair State University and Scranton University in the 2nd Annual HEADstrong DIII Fall Scrimmage.
HEADstrong’s fall fundraising event series will conclude on Sunday, October 22nd with the men’s division of the University City Classic at Penn Park. This year’s event will feature eight Division 1 teams including, Bellarmine University, Drexel University, Lafayette College, Monmouth University, University of Delaware, Quinnipiac University, University of Maryland Baltimore County and University of Pennsylvania.
HEADstrong’s fall fundraising event series will lead up to the kick-off of Lacrosse Mustache Madness, an annual facial hair growing fundraising campaign which will run from October 19th – November 28th.
“It is with great pride that we announce our 2017 Fall College Lacrosse Event Series. Through partnerships with Hofstra University, Long Island University Post, Johns Hopkins University, Rutgers University, University of Pennsylvania and Cabrini University we will present 10 special lacrosse events which will feature the largest field of participating teams in the history of the HEADstrong Foundation. We are incredibly humbled to see the continued support of teams from all over the country finding inspiration in our Nick and our work. On behalf of the HEADstrong Foundation, the Colleluori family, our founder, Nicholas and those we so graciously serve, we wish to extend our sincere appreciation to all of our participating teams, supporters and volunteers playing a part in our fall event series this year. We look forward to reaching out and sharing one of the most special times of year with our lacrosse family.” – Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong President and Nick’s Mom
For more information on the HEADstrong Foundation please visit www.HEADstrong.org or follow HEADstrong on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at @HEADstrongFnd.