On Saturday, Feb. 22, the Catholic University men's lacrosse team hosted its first ever Faceoff for a Cause to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. In the first game of the day, Army defeated Furman 12-2. Catholic followed that up with a double-overtime victory over Randolph-Macon College, 11-10.
In conjuction with Catholic Charities and the women's lacrosse team, the men's lacrosse team will be participating in the CUA Athletic Coat Drive during the Saturday, Jan. 18 men's and women's basketball doubleheader against Moravian.
Men's lacrosse will be doing service throughout the community for the MLK Day, National Service Day.
The coaching staff and team's ongoing work with the Wounded Warrior Project to honor and assist our nation's military heroes. We will be continuing our work with wounded soldiers during our Adaptive Lacrosse Programs at Walter Reed & Ft Belvoir. Our highlight event for this cause will be Saturday, Feb. 22 which will be our Faceoff for a Cause event at CUA. This will include our hosting a youth clinic, followed by Army v. Furman at 12 p.m., and concluding with CUA v. Randolph Macon at 2:30pm!
Singer helps out military veterans at
Adaptive Lacrosse Clinic
CUA Head Coach Brooks Singer is the co-director for the Adaptive Lacrosse Clinic at nearby Walter Reed Military Hospital, where he had the opportunity to work with a number of our country’s wounded warriors. The clinic was started by the wife of a Navy officer who volunteers at Walter Reed, and a wounded service member who was interested in getting back on the lacrosse field. The clinic is associated with the Wounded Warrior Project.
ABOVE: Bryan Cox and his family attended CUA's win over Merchant Marine Academy on March 17, 2012. Afterwards, the Cardinals spent time with the Cox Family.
ABOVE: On January 28, 2012, the team attended Bryan Cox's basketball game in Reston, Va.
CARDINALS IN THE COMMUNITY
The Cardinals squad continues to contribute to the Catholic University community and beyond. Coaches and players on the team participated in multiple charity clinics and events during the fall, and will continue to do so in the spring.
The team continues its partnership with and hosted multiple clinics for the Washington Inner City Lacrosse Foundation (WINNERS Lacrosse), a nonprofit organization which provides youth from historically underserved neighborhoods in the Washington, D.C. area, an opportunity to learn the game of lacrosse and instill values and life skills in order to be successful.
In the past, the team has partnered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters as part of their School-Based Mentoring Program. Players volunteer once a week at the Brookland Elementary School located close to CUA’s campus, to provide education and guidance to each participant in the program.
The team has participated in the Annual Emma Jordan Kids Fighting Cancer Lacrosse Clinic held in Springfield, Va.. Proceeds from the event went to various charities including the Walter Reed Army Hospital’s Parents and Children Fighting Cancer organization.
CUA continues to host the Annual Hero’s Lacrosse Tournament. The team volunteers at the charity event which features five high school games played throughout the day. Each year, proceeds from the event are dedicated to a different cause. The First Annual Hero’s Tournament was held in honor of U.S. Army Specialist Thomas “T.J.” Barbieri who died August 23, 2006 during combat operations in Iraq. T.J.’s parents Tom and Carol are devoted members of the CUA community, Tom being an assistant coach for the Cardinal football squad, and their other son Matt is a senior midfielder on the lacrosse team. The first year the tournament was held, the event raised funds which contributed to the purchase of a hand-crank bicycle in T.J’s name thanks to the Achilles Track Club Freedom Team of wounded veterans. Funds were also used from the event to purchase two laptop computers for the 82nd Airborne Liaison Unit at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Funds from the event have gone to fighting the battle against cancer, to causes that include the Walter Reed Army Hospital’s Parents and Children Fighting Cancer organization. For more information please visit: www.herostournament.com.
FRIENDS OF JACLYN
During the spring of 2010, the CUA lacrosse program worked with the non-profit organization Friends of Jaclyn, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families. The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ), formed in 2005, is a non-profit, charitable organization that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families. FOJ matches a child in need of love, support and friendship with a college sports team.
In 2010, the CUA men’s lacrosse program adopted Bryan Cox. Bryan is 8 years old and has an identical twin brother Riley. He also has two sisters - one older (10) and one younger (5). He is a third grader at Forestville Elementary in Great Falls, Virginia. He plays baseball and basketball and loves all sports, and has been growing increasingly fond of lacrosse since Bryan became a member of the Cardinals squad. Bryan was diagnosed with a JPA brain tumor in September 2008. He underwent brain surgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and Dr. George Jallo removed approximately 85% of the tumor. Unfortunately the remaining portion is in Bryan’s brainstem. It is vitally close to his respiratory system and spinal cord. Bryan recovered from his surgery regaining his vision and undergoing physical therapy to learn how to walk again. After nine months of observation, the tumor started to grow. Because it is on his central nervous system, there were no options, he had to start chemotherapy. The chemotherapy was a one-year program, and the team was thrilled to learn that after concluding treatments late last year, Bryan received an extremely positive report from his doctors on the success of the treatments.
LEFT: Bryan and his family were able to attend multiple games during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. There was a wonderful adoption event following the Cardinals win against Cazenovia College. Players on the squad and members of the coaching staff have also been privileged enough to be invited to the Cox family home on multiple occasions, a house full of warmth and love! The players on the team have been inspired by the phrase which Bryan came up with, “I Can, I Will”, which was the theme for the Cardinals season. For more information, visit: www.friendsofjaclyn.org.