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GIVING THANKS

Young Americans too often come back from foreign wars with life-changing wounds. As we carry on with our lives, they struggle for the rest of theirs.

 

To help ease that struggle, the Fairfield Ludlowe High School boys & girls lacrosse programs are hosting the 16th Annual Sticks for Soldiers™ Thanksgiving Lacrosse Classics on Saturday November 26, 2022.

 

PLEASE JOIN US IN RAISING FUNDS AND AWARENESS FOR THESE HEROIC AMERICANS.

 

In 2021, 24 boys and girls teams that included nearly 450 high school athletes raised over $50,000. In 15 years, over $1 million has been donated locally to wounded servicemen and their families.

 

THE POWER OF THIS TOURNAMENT GOES WELL BEYOND MUCH-NEEDED FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

 

It also raises awareness. All of us tend to forget. For high school athletes, the chance to compete and raise money for wounded men and women just a few years older than themselves is unforgettable.

 

PLEASE HELP US GIVE THANKS. To men and women who changed their lives to protect ours.

2021 HONOREE

UNITED STATES ARMY SFC (RETIRED)

MICAH WELINTUKONIS

Micah Welintukonis joined the US Army in 1994, and served with the 174th Infantry Brigade out of Fort Dix, New Jersey. He has deployments to Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2012 while was serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan at the Provincial Headquarters as the NCOIC and Senior Medic of a 12 man SFAT team, a motorcycle bomb breached the compound walls. The Taliban funneled in with automatic weapons, grenades and several suicide bombers. Micah sustained a gunshot wound to his left wrist and was subsequently severely injured by a direct hit from a suicide bomber attack while attempting to rescue others. As a result, over two dozen pieces of shrapnel shattered Micah’s left arm. Shrapnel also penetrated his protective vest and went into the abdomen resulting in a bowel resection, blast gut, and blast lung with pulmonary embolism. In addition he took on small amounts of shrapnel to the face, shoulder and hip, and suffered a mild traumatic brain injury from the suicide attack. PJs treated the wounds and medevaced Micah to safety for immediate surgery. He was in a medically induced coma and had to be resuscitated twice.

 

Micah is still recovering after nine years of physical therapy, occupational therapy and at least several surgeries and procedures. He has heterotopic ossification (bone growth from small imbedded fragments of bone in his left arm which pushes on his nerve), in addition to nerve damage in left hand/wrist. His back issues can’t be properly diagnosed because his injuries prevent the use of an MRI.  READ MORE

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WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE,

AND YOU CAN HELP.

This is an all-volunteer effort. If you are interested in additional information, to donate, become a sponsor, volunteer, or to secure a team spot in the next tournament, please contact Bob Vitale, President and Tournament Chairman at sticksforsoldiers@gmail.com.

Donations may be sent to:

Sticks for Soldiers, Inc.

c/o Treasurer

PO Box 475

Fairfield, CT 06824-0475

 

Checks made payable to:

Sticks for Soldiers, Inc.

Memo note: 2021 S4S

 

Sticks for Soldiers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization recognized by the IRS.

 

EIN #: 46-0962202

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Sticks For Soldiers is a non-profit charity lacrosse tournament held in Fairfield, CT to raise money for wounded troops. The mission of the 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, while raising awareness among high school athletes to the sacrifices being made by people just a few years older than they are. The tournament and related fund-raising efforts has now raised over $1,000,000 in 15 years.