3rd Annual Nick Colleluori Classic, October 10-11

The 3rd Annual Nick Colleluori Classic will be held at Ridley High School in Folsom, Pennsylvania. The tournament takes place on Saturday October 10th beginning at 9:00 am, when it will feature 10 Division I college lacrosse teams, and on Sunday October 11th, when eight Division III teams will play. The teams who will be playing in the Classic are:

Division I - October 10: Detroit Mercy, Drexel, Hofstra, Lafayette, Mount St. Mary's, Penn, Rutgers, Saint Joseph's, UMBC, Villanova

Division III - October 11: McDaniel, Scranton, Ursinus, Wesley, Wheeling Jesuit (D2), Widener, York, Team-TBA

Nicholas ("Head") Colleluori #27 graduated from Ridley High School in June 2004 as a three-sport athlete and joined the Hofstra lacrosse team the next fall. With hard work and determination, Nick earned a role on the team in the spring of his freshman year. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in September, which started a brutal 14-month battle with cancer, which he lost on November 28, 2006.

During his illness, Nick not only battled cancer physically, but also mentally. He reached out to others with the same illness and counseled them to help them have the same positive outlook that he always possessed. In Nick's own way, he also counseled his family, friends, and teammates to help the through this extremely difficult time. He was truly an inspiration to all who knew him. It was Nick's idea to begin the HEADstrong Foundation, to help those who have been diagnosed with blood cancers, as well as to put an end to this horrible disease. To learn more about Nick and the HEADstrong Foundation mission, visit www.HEADstrongfoundation.org.

To honor Nick and those affected by blood cancer, each year the HEADstrong Foundation hosts this lacrosse tournament with all proceeds going towards blood cancer research. Each participating team sells T-shirts on their campus to raise funds and awareness of this disease.

The HEADstrong Foundation hosted the 1st annual Nick Colleluori Classic in October 2007 and was successful in generating over $75,000 towards blood cancer research. In October 2008, with the help from the teams and the community, the tournament was able to raise over $150,000 for research and begin a family assistance program.

Teams will have an honorary captain, someone who is dealing with blood cancer. This year each team will play two games. Schedules will be released at a later date. General admission is $10.

2009-09-12



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