Welcome to HEADstrong Lacrosse Club Minnesota!
The HEADstrong Lacrosse Club - Minnesota operates as a division of the HEADstrong Foundation. While promoting blood cancer awareness on the playing field, players for Team HEADstrong are also committed to providing service to their local communities. Over the past five years the HEADstrong lacrosse club family has established itself as a preeminent lacrosse organization that has grown nationally to provide an unmatched standard of excellence both athletically and academically.
HEADstrong Lacrosse Club identifies, recruits, trains, teaches and coaches players capable of, but more importantly committed to playing the sport of lacrosse at its highest level.
Both players and coaches serve as ambassadors for the sport, always ready to pass along knowledge that they have learned from their experience. They are committed to generating funds for players who through illness are no longer able to join them on the field. The actions taken in attaining these goals are consistent with the highest levels of citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play.
The goal of Team HEADstrong is to promote excellence within the game and create an unparalleled experience, sharing the importance of family, brotherhood and service within the sport of lacrosse. Emphasis is placed on gaining athletes exposure to college coaches of all levels and instilling character.
Minnesota is the 6th HEADstrong club, joining Philadelphia, Florida, Utah, Memphis, and California. The Minnesota Lacrosse Club was founded in August 2012
Getting A HEAD of Cancer
Contact: Pat Colleluori
24 Rival Schools Set to Face-off for HF™ Minnesota “Burn Cancer” Games
Minneapolis, MN – This spring, boys and girls high school lacrosse teams from across the country are joining the HEADstrong Foundation’s relentless fight against blood cancers by facing-off against rival opponents as part of the organizations National Rivalry Series.
24 rival Minnesota high schools have united to be part of the 1st Annual Minnesota Burn Cancer Games, a charitable event series beginning on April 23rd and concluding on May 20th.
The Minnesota Burn Cancer Games were inspired by two friends’ and rival coaches, Pat Donaghy, (Cretin-Derham Hall) and Frank Clark, (The Blake School), who believe in the importance of brining heighted awareness to the cause and further meaning to their seasons.
“In the fall, a few football progams in Minnesota host a "Beat Cancer" game in which the schools raise funds and awareness for different cancer organizations. I knew I wanted to do something similar for lacrosse, so Frank Clark and I came up with the idea that our schools, both boys and girls, can compete in an event and we would wear HF awareness apparel. The girls teams agreed upon the event as well and we will be playing April 26th. From that, we invited other schools to participate and the response from the community has been incredible” said Pat Donaghy, MN Burn Cancer Games Organizer.
In addition to spearheading the MN Burn Cancer Games, Donaghy also leads the HEADstrong Lacrosse Club of Minnesota, a team that is spreading blood cancer awareness across the country.
The Burn Cancer Games have received overwhelming support with over 30% of Minnesota’s high school lacrosse teams observing a HF Awareness Game. Over 700 athletes will be involved with raising funds and promoting blood cancer awareness on the playing field this season by wearing HF’s signature crew socks.
1st Annual Minnesota Burn Cancer Games Schedule
“Minnesota is one of the fastest growing states when it comes to lacrosse participation. There are so many dedicated players, parents and coaches here that just love the sport and want to see it grow. It is really special to see how the community has rallied around the cause and it shows the passion that Minnesota has for the sport, as well doing something for the greater good.” Pat Donaghy
“On behalf of the HEADstrong Foundation, the Colleluori family and those affected by blood cancers we wish to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Minnesota high school lacrosse community who have united to take part in the 1st Annual Minnesota Burn Cancer Games. We are very humbled and so pleased see over 30% of the high school programs participating and over 700 athletes supporting our cause through these games. As a non-profit organization on the frontlines of the disease we are committed to assuring cancer patients that they are not alone in their fight and we could not think of a more appropriate and inspiring statement than 24 schools taking the field to say to those in the fight, “Minnesota has your back!” To the players, coaches, officials, families, spectators and organizers we applaud your relentlessness and welcome you all to the HEADstrong family.”
Cheryl Colleluori, HF President and Nick’s Mom
Click here for more information on the 1st Annual Minnesota Burn Cancer Games or go to www.HEADstrong.org to learn how you can support the cause this season.
Watch highlights from Day 2 of the Faceoff Against Blood Cancer Invitational
Watch highlights from day 1 of the Faceoff Against Blood Cancer invitational
HEADstrong Foundation Getting A HEAD of Cancer Contact: Pat Colleluori Phone: 610-461-5987 Email: Info@HEADstrong.org
HEADstrong MN set to Host 2nd Face-Off for Blood Cancer Invitational, Oct. 11-12th
Hopkins, MN – The HEADstrong Lacrosse Club of Minnesota is set to host the 2nd Annual Face-Off for Blood Cancer Invitational, October 11-12th at The Blake School in Hopkins, MN. The event will advance the mission of the HEADstrong FoundationTM while raising funds to support families affected by the disease from the Upper Midwest. The event will be played in conjunction with HF’s marquee event The Nicholas Colleluori Classic happening over 1,200 miles away in Folsom, PA.
This year, 14 of the top programs from the area will compete including: Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Blake, Bloomington Jefferson, Champlin Park, Chanhassen, Cretin-Derham Hall, Duluth Tower Jaxx, East Ridge, Eden Prairie, Lakeville South, Minnetonka, Pink Polar Bears (True Canada), Prior Lake, and Woodbury.
Sportsmanship is at the heart of this special event. After each game, teams will select a player from the opposing team who best exemplifies the characteristics of HFTM founder Nicholas Colleluori on the playing field. Selected players will be presented with a HFTM lime green chinstrap during a ceremony at the conclusion of their games.
The Face-Off for Blood Cancer Invitational was the brain child of HLC Minnesota Program Director Pat Donaghy who is the former head coach of Cretin-Derham Hall and Frank Clark who is the boy’s lacrosse coach of The Blake School. But at the heart of the event is Nadine Washuta, a mother who has embraced the HF TMmission and has been instrumental in organizing the event. This past summer one of Nadine’s son’s was diagnosed with cancer and the family truly understands the important role that HFTM has in the cancer community.
“This is a very special event and we are very excited to be able to share the HEADstrong mission with the lacrosse community in the Upper Midwest. There are so many valuable lessons taught through this single event and we are honored to do our part to help cancer patients and their families. This event is just one way that we are assuring families devastated by this disease that they are not fighting alone,” says Pat Donaghy, HLCMN Director.
“On behalf of the HEADstrong Foundation and those devastated by cancer we wish to extend our sincere appreciation to the organizers, the teams, the officials, the sponsors and supporters who have united to be part of the 2nd Annual Face-Off for
Blood Cancer Invitational this weekend. We are so honored to know that over 1,200 miles away from our headquarters in Holmes, PA, that athletes are finding hope in our Nick’s story and being inspired to make a difference. The funds raised through this event will be instrumental in helping to financially assist cancer patients and families from the Upper Midwest. ” says Cheryl Colleluori HF President and Nick’s Mom
Click here for more information on the 2nd Annual Face-Off For Blood Cancer Invitational or please visit www.HEADstrong.org to learn more about how HEADstrong is changing the game for patients and families devastated by cancer.