West Grove, PA – It is rather ironic that on Saturday, April 5th, the HEADstrong Foundation™ will host the 5th Annual Rivalry Games at Avon Grove High School in West Grove, PA. With a new location, boasting 3 turf fields and an overwhelming amount of support from the Avon Grove lacrosse community, the stage is set for an incredible fundraising event combining high school and youth lacrosse.
The HF Rivalry Games will showcase (6) highly anticipated high school varsity boy’s lacrosse matchups, JV and youth games in an all-day event supporting cancer patients and their families.
This year, Avon Grove, Egg Harbor Township, Kennett Square, Marple Newtown, Ocean City, Perkiomen Valley, Pope John Paul II, Ridley, Shipley School, St. Andrews School, Unionville and West Chester Rustin will all be participating.
The Rivalry Games is a day centered on philanthropy, with each participating team involved in assisting the HF mission by fundraising for the cause and helping to spread awareness in their respected schools and communities.
5th Annual Rivalry Games High School Varsity Schedule
9:00AM Perkiomen Valley vs. Pope John Paul II
11:00AM Marple Newtown vs. Unionville
1:00PM Avon Grove vs. Ridley
3:00PM Shipley School vs. West Chester Rustin
5:00PM Ocean City vs. Egg Harbor Township
7:00PM Kennett Square vs. St. Andrews School
5th Annual Rivalry Games High School JV/Youth Schedule
9:00AM Perkiomen Valley JV vs. Pope John Paul II JV
11:00AM Marple Newtown JV vs. Unionville JV
1:00PM Avon Grove JV vs. Ridley JV
3:00PM Kennett Square JV vs. West Chester Rustin JV
5:00PM Avon Grove U15A vs. Abington U15A
5th Annual Rivalry Games High School Youth Schedule
9:00AM Uprising U9 vs. Abington U9
11:00AM Uprising U11 vs. Abington U11
1:00PM Uprising U13 vs. Abington U13
3:00PM Conestoga U15A vs. Kennett/Unionville U15A
5:00PM BYC U15A vs. Coventry U15A
Admission for spectators is $5.00 with children under the age of 5 being free.
“The decision to relocate the Rivalry Games from Widener University to Avon Grove High School was a one that made great sense for the future of the event. Making a positive impact and raising funds to support families that are devastated by the realities of cancers is our first and upmost priority. With funds from this event being raised mostly through participation, we challenged ourselves with finding a venue that could give us the ability to increase participation while providing a centralized location to engage schools from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, allowing for future interstate rivalries to be showcased. In our search we found a great partner in Avon Grove High School, who has embraced the HF mission with open arms.” Michael Colleluori, HF Vice President and Nick’s Brother
The latest in HEADstrong’s arsenal of awareness products will be available to purchase at the event and guests are encouraged to wear lime green. The HF Rivalry Games have been an overwhelming success, attended annually by over 4,000 supporters and generating over $200,000 since its inception.
“Every year we look forward to sharing this special day with the so many teams, players and families. Ironically, this year over 500 athletes will participate in our Rivalry Games, each player representing one of the 500 families who will be devastated by blood cancers daily in the United States. We hope that you will consider spending April 5th with us in effort to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancers, specifically blood cancers. We wish to extend a special thank you to all of the participating teams and our heartfelt appreciation to Avon Grove High School for helping us to get aHEAD of cancer.” Cheryl Colleluori, HF President and Nick’s Mom