Sept. 13, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Men's Lacrosse will be hosting a four-team scrimmage, youth clinic and fundraiser with proceeds benefitting the nonprofit organization Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) on Sunday, Oct. 13 at Siena Turf Field. The men's lacrosse teams from Colgate University, Skidmore College and Western New England University will join the Saints in the cause.
"We are honored to be aligning our program and Siena College with Wounded Warrior Project and these other great institutions," said Siena Men's Lacrosse Head Coach John Svec. "The men and women who serve and protect our freedoms have our utmost respect and gratitude. This is our way of contributing to the efforts of Wounded Warrior Project in aiding our injured servicemen and women."
Events start with a FREE youth clinic from 8-9:30 a.m. at Siena Turf Field sponsored by Under Armour and run by former three-time All-Americans and current Major League Lacrosse stars Grant Catalino and Garrett Thul. Additionally, student athletes and coaches from all four schools will join in and participate with the clinic.
Games start at 10 a.m. with the Division I contest between the Saints and Colgate with the Division III game to follow at noon between Skidmore and Western New England. The consolation game will take place at 2 p.m., with the championship set for 4 p.m. Additionally, a wounded warrior alumni will address the crowd at 1:30 p.m.
"Lacrosse has been played as a medicine game for a very long time," added Svec. "We are proud to honor that tradition with our play today."
Admission to the game is $5 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under and all tickets can be purchased on the day of the game at Siena Turf Field. All proceeds from the day will be donated to the nonprofit organization Wounded Warrior Project and will support a full range of programs and services for this generation of Wounded Warriors and their families.
Over 50,000 servicemen and women have been injured in the recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.
WWP's 19 programs and services are uniquely structured to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.
About Wounded Warrior Project®
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.