By: Keon Morley
The Hamden High School Boy’s Lacrosse Team is one of the school’s top ranking athletics. These students are stars, both on the field and off. One of the countless ways they give back to the community is by holding fundraisers throughout the school year.
On Saturday, November 19th, 2016, the team took part in their annual “Laxgiving” event. For the past three years, the team has hosted a fundraiser in which the money they raised and the nonperishable food items they collected are donated to the Hamden Food Bank. During the event, the boys compete in a friendly tournament with teams such as Berlin and West Haven. Each player is required to donate $10 or 10 non-perishables. Some of these food items included beans, corn, chicken soup, peas, sliced potatoes, olives and canned vegetables. Ryan Morley, a dedicated co-captain of the Hamden Boy’s Lacrosse Team, believes, “There is no such thing as rivalry when it comes to doing something nice for the less fortunate. It’s good to see our three teams come together for our charity event.” At the end of the day, the teams collected 200 food items and raised $412, all given to the Hamden Food Bank on the following Monday.
An additional fundraiser the lacrosse boys participated in was held on Saturday, November 26th. The team played in another tournament to raise money for wounded and recovering veterans. It is evident these students are leaving a positive mark on the community, and they encourage you to do the same. Players coming together to support those in need is something every sport team should consider. The HHS Boy’s Lacrosse Team is a great role model if you are looking for inspiration.