Sticks for Soldiers Thanksgiving Lacrosse Classic
The 10th Annual Sticks for Soldiers Classic will be held on Saturday November 28th, 2015 at Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, Conn. Help us raise financial support and awarness for our wounded servicemen and women for this 10th anniversary tournament.
The 2014 Tournament and events included more than 60 teams, 900 high school athletes and raised over $125,000 during the Fall tournament and fundraising. More than $455,000 has been raised in the first nine years. It is organized and hosted by the Fairfield Ludlowe High School boys lacrosse program.
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 $455,000 raised since 2006
The tournament, held always on Thanksgiving Saturday, has raised over 455,000 in 9 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.
2015 Tournament Honorees
The 10th anniversary 2015 Tournament effort seeks to raise $150,000 and support and thank up to three severely wounded of our military.
The first of our named honorees is US Army Captain ( RET) Nicholas Vogt.
Nicholas John Vogt was raised in rural Ohio as the oldest of 5 siblings, and was graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2010 with a bachelors degree in Life Sciences.
Following graduation, he trained as an infantry officer at Ft. Benning, Georgia and completed his Airborne and Ranger School qualifications before reporting to Ft. Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska. Since his unit was deployed at that time, he immediately left to meet them in southern Afghanistan. Soon after his arrival, he was assigned as the commander of an infantry platoon.
While leading his unit on a foot patrol on November 12th, 2011, Nicholas was severely injured by an IED. This resulted in double above-knee amputations and a traumatic brain injury, among other things. After over two years of recovery, Nicholas returned to active duty and completed his service time as a professor’s aide at the United States Naval Academy in the Leadership, Ethics, and Law Department. He was medically retired in June 2015 as an Army captain.
On September 19th, 2015, Nicholas married LTJG Lauren Vogt, a Navy nurse he met while recovering at Walter Reed. They live in Arlington, Virginia. Nicholas is currently attending George Washington University, pursuing a masters degree in Bioinformatics.
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, President of Sticks For Soldiers, Inc, and tournament director at firstname.lastname@example.org.