Sticks for Soldiers Thanksgiving Lacrosse Classic
The 9th Annual Sticks for Soldiers Classic will be held on Saturday November 29th 2014 at Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, Conn. Help us raise support and awarness for our wounded srevicemen and women. Last year's effort raised over $100,000 during the Fall tournament and fundraising.
Sticks For Soldiers is a non-profit 501c3 charity lacrosse tournament held in Fairfield, Connecticut to raise money for wounded troops. The primary mission of this tournament is to provide support and give thanks to the service men and women who put their lives on the line and sacrificed for our country.
Raising money and creating awareness
A worthwhile secondary objective is create a mature awareness among high school athletes to the unseen sacrifices being made on their behalf by people just a few years older than themselves. Through their play and fund-raising participation, the athletes can demonstrate their tangible thanks and support.
Over $330,000 raised since 2006
The tournament, held always on Thanksgiving Saturday, has raised over 330,000 in 8 years, and is an anticipated regional fall-ball competition. Varsity and sub-varsity teams from Tri- State area high schools will participate in a 7-on-7 tournament game format and each team will play at least 3 games. Team entry fees, T- shirt sales, silent auction, sponsors, raffles and private donations will be donated to this year's cause. The tournament usually will start at 9:00 am and conclude by approximately 3:30 pm with a mid-day ceremony to honor the beneficiaries.
2014 Tournament Honorees to be named in the Fall
2013 Tournament Honorees
The 2013 effort supported two deserving servicemen:
US Army Cpt. Benjamin Harrow and US Army Sps. Sean Pesce:
Captain Harrow , a 2005 graduate of West Point, originally from Brooklyn, New York and a 4- year letterman with Army Lacrosse, is a Special Forces Green Beret . During his second tour in Afghanistan just last May 2012, he stepped on an IED leading a patrol, resulting in amputation of both of his legs above the knee and severe damage to his right arm. He has earned 3 Bronze stars and a Purple Heart. Ben is married to his wife Gina and they have a 2 year old son, Peyton. They are living in Maryland, and he is currently undergoing therapy at Walter Reed.
Specialist Pesce, 20 years old, is a 2011 graduate of West Haven High School in West Haven Connecticut. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and completed the rigorous Ranger training, the Army's elite force. On October 12, 2012, he was wounded with small arms fire in an engagement with Afghan rebels (his Sgt was killed), and sustained major injuries through his abdomen: he lost his spleen, a kidney, and shattered vertebrae that also damaged his spinal cord. He has no feeling below the waist. He recovered from surgery and wounds first at Walter Reed, then Tampa VA Center, and finally at Mass VA hospital. He is working on coming home to his family in West Haven once his parent’s home can be modified for wheel chair accessibility
See Honoree Page for Past Tournament Honorees
- The 2012 Tournament: US Amy Captain Greg Galeazzi, of Glastonbury, and USMC Sgt. Greg Caron of Ellington. T
- The 2011 Tournament: USMC Sgt. Liam Dwyer of Litchfield, Connecticut; Army Pfc. Josh Budd of Cheshire, Connecticut; and USAF Tech Sgt. Joe Wilkinson of Troy, New York. 2011 Honorees page
- The 2010 Tournament Honoree: Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco of nearby Staten Island NY (see Brendan’s story on our page dedicated to Brendan). Brendan was the first soldier in the Iraq/ Afghanistan operations to survive a quadruple amputation. He has since received a double arm transplant, and is a medical wonder.
In December 2010, a group of Fairfield Ludlowe players had the opportunity to travel to Staten Island to meet with Brendan and to see first hand the construction of Brendan’s new home. Inside Lacrosse did featured article about the event which appeared in the Feburary issue. Click Here To View The Link
For more on Brendan’s Story please see the web page we have dedicated to Specialist Marrocco.
We can make a difference, and you can help
This is an all-volunteer effort. If interested in additional information, to donate, become a sponsor or to secure a team spot in this year's tournament, please contact Jim Tommins, S4S head and Tournament Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. or Mike Voucas, the tournament founder at email@example.com.