Mt. Berry, GA-- The Berry College Men's Lacrosse program will host its first annual "Faceoff for a Cause" along with the men's lacrosse programs from Emmanuel College, North Greenville University, Reinhardt University, Shorter University, and Young-Harris College on Saturday, Oct. 24th from 9:30-5:30 p.m. at Berry College Valhalla Stadium. The event includes scrimmages between the teams, a FREE youth clinic, and fundraiser as the squads look to raise $10,000 for the nonprofit organization Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).
"We're excited to host such a wonderful day of Lacrosse and charity," said Berry's Head Coach Curtis Gilbert. "We hope that both the Berry College and growing Georgia lacrosse communities show their support and help us raise money and awareness for this great cause."
Special thanks are already due as both the referee's and Aramark Dining Services have expressed their support for the cause. The referees will be donating their fees to the WWP, while Aramark Dining Services has offered to feed all attending players for free. Similar events in the Northeast have raised $23,000 for WWP to date.
"We are thrilled to be on the ground floor of this tournament with Wounded Warrior Project," remarked head men's lacrosse coach Corey Struss. "This looks to be one of the premier fall tournaments in the Southeast, and I can't think of a better way for all of our programs to generate awareness and money for a fantastic cause. We look forward to being a part of this for many years to come."
Admission to the event is FREE for everyone, but will be accepting donations at the door. All proceeds from the day will be donated to WWP, which help support their 20 free, life-saving programs and services that are uniquely structured to engage warriors, nurture their minds and bodies, and encourage economic empowerment. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, WWP's vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.
Since 2003, WWP has grown its lifesaving programs and services to meet the growing needs of the constituency it serves. Currently, WWP provides support to more than 76,000 injured service members and over 13,000 caregivers and family support members
Additionally, fans can donate to the cause by making an online donation through the "Rally the Troops" page, which is linked at the bottom of the release.
The FREE youth clinics will be offered from 11-12 and again from 3-4 p.m. at the grass throwers field adjacent to Valhalla Stadium. Participants can sign up for the clinic on the day of the event, or in advance by clicking the online registration link at the bottom of the page.
Each of the participating six teams will play two games beginning with Berry College hosting Young-Harris College at 9:30 a.m. with the final game of the day featuring Shorter vs. North Greenville at 4:00 p.m. A wounded warrior alum will address all those in attendance through a special presentation at 1:15 p.m.
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.
9:30 a.m. - Berry v. Young-Harris
10:45 a.m.- Emmanuel v. Shorter
12:00 a.m.- North Greenville v. Reinhardt
1:15-1:30 - WWP and Referee Recognition
1:30 p.m.- Berry v. Emmanuel
2:45 p.m.- Young-Harris v. Reinhardt
4:00 p.m.- Shorter v. North Greenville