Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/26/19
From Press Release
The KSF (Katie Samson Foundation) Lacrosse Festival will be celebrating its 19th year this weekend! The KSF Lacrosse Festival began in 2001 and has grown into the premier high school lacrosse event in the United States.
This year’s festival will be held on Saturday April 27 at Radnor High School, and will be the LARGEST single-day high school lacrosse festival in the country with 54 varsity teams (26 premier boys’ teams and 28 premier girls’ teams on six fields running simultaneously), wheelchair rugby, tennis and basketball games, youth games, 20+ vendors, 10,000+ fans, 50+ major sponsors and 2 FanZones with rides, bounces, rock walls, face painting, BBQ, funnel cakes, raffle prizes, clothing, equipment etc., and a special guest appearance from the Phillie Phanatic! Games begin at 9:00 am. This is a family event!
The Katie Samson Foundation gives back! Over $100,000 was raised in 2018 with the generous support of over 50 sponsors, donations from attendees, as well as fundraising efforts by each participating lacrosse team. Since 2001 over $1.9 million has been distributed to charities benefiting medical research and providing care for people with spinal cord injuries – patient care (46 percent), research (43 percent), and quality of life (11 percent).
Motivated by Katie’s perseverance and courage, volunteers in the lacrosse community and beyond support the cause year after year.
KSF raises money for research to identify a cure for spinal cord injuries and to optimize care and quality of life for spinal cord patients. The foundation also promotes social awareness as the lacrosse community comes together to support the festival. Through Katie’s courage and perseverance, her foundation has successfully raised funds to support spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation programs that provide much needed independence and quality of life improvements for those with spinal cord injuries.
Katie Samson – The Inspiration:
Katie Samson grew up in Wayne, PA and attended Radnor High School where she was a goalkeeper for the girls’ lacrosse team. Katie went on to study Art History at Middlebury College where she also played Division III lacrosse and helped her team capture a National Championship in 1999. The following winter, Katie’s suffered a spinal cord injury while sledding and became a quadriplegic.
After months of rehabilitation and encouragement from family and friends, Katie went back to finish her degree and help coach her college lacrosse team to two more National titles. In 2004, Katie moved to Arizona to pursue her graduate degree where she remained for six years. Katie moved back to the Philadelphia area in 2010 and became an active member of the Katie Samson Foundation.
Katie loves traveling, exploring accessible trails and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Katie recently became Director of Programs for Art-Reach, an art services organization that create, advocates and expands accessible opportunities in arts and culture. Find her on the wall of the most recent inductee class of the Radnor High School Hall of Fame.
The high school games will begin at 9:00am on Saturday, April 27th. All of the games will be played at Radnor High School. The festival website, http://www.katiesamsonlaxfest.com, has an amazing inspirational video, the full schedule (see below) as well as all the other exciting details. Or visit us on Facebook – KSF Lacrosse Festival. A $10 ($5 for students/under 3 is free!) admission fee allows unlimited access to all activities and rides within the two Fan Zones.
Supporting the festival offers an opportunity to do something meaningful and historic to impact the lives of people affected by spinal cord injuries. The Katie Samson Foundation is a 501©3 corporation. All donations are tax deductible. Please visit our website or contact the Directors of Development, Eric Gorman at KSFlacrossefest@gmail.com with any questions.
Academy of the New Church v. St. Joseph’s Prep on Creek Field
WC Rustin HS v. Souderton HS on Loop Field
Great Valley HS v. Marple-Newtown HS on Prevost Field
Avon Grove HS v. Springfield-Delco HS on Creek Field
Downingtown East HS v. Garnet Valley HS on Loop Field
Malvern Prep v. Manheim Township HS on Prevost Field
Shipley School v. Harriton HS on Creek Field
Central Bucks West HS v. Downingtown West HS on Loop Field
Spring-Ford HS v. Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy on Prevost Field
Germantown Academy v. Hill School on Creek Field
Archbishop Carroll HS v. Lower Merion HS on Loop Field
Conestoga HS v. Penn Charter School on Prevost Field
Radnor HS v. Episcopal Academy on Enke Field
Agnes Irwin School v. Villa Maria Academy HS on Enke Field
Harriton HS v. Great Valley HS on Library Field
Abington HS v. Friends’ Central School on Rowland Field
Germantown Academy v. WC Henderson HS on Pike Field
Radnor HS v. Unionville HS on Enke Field
Lower Merion HS v. Shipley School on Library
Episcopal Academy v. Owen J. Roberts HS on Rowland Field
Archbishop Carroll HS v. Springfield-Delco HS on Enke Field
Baldwin School v. Germantown Friends School on Library Field
Bishop Shanahan HS v. Penn Charter School on Enke field
Conestoga HS v. Downingtown West HS on Library Field
Notre Dame Academy v. Garnet Valley HS on Rowland
Hill School v. Merion Mercy on Library Field
Wissahickon HS v. Springside-CHA on Rowland Field