It’s springtime, and fundraisers are sprouting like daffodils. The keys to a good one include an ongoing commitment to a cause; a clear tie-in between the organizers and the charity it supports, and plenty of opportunities to help and learn.
The Staples boys lacrosse program’s fundraiser this Saturday (Staples High School field) fills all those bills.
For the 3rd year in a row, the team and its parents are supporting Sticks For Soldiers. The organization supports wounded veterans, and their families. Many soldiers are of course athletes themselves.
At 11:45 a.m., there’s a lacrosse shooting contest. At 12:30, an opening ceremony features instructive and inspiring speeches. The keynote will be delivered by Richard Franzis — a colonel in the Army Reserves, an Iraq veteran, and an assistant principal at Staples.
The 1 p.m. game pits the Wreckers against always-tough Trumbull High School. At halftime, there’s an intrasquad scrimmage with the Westport PAL 3rd grade youth team.
Food and drinks are available all day.
It’s a perfect storm: great lacrosse, an excellent cause, and a chance to cement bonds between high school athletes and wounded veterans. That’s the way to raise funds — and have fun.