Hempstead, NY – This Sunday, September 30, 2012 over 11 collegiate women’s lacrosse programs will descend upon Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium to be part of the 4th Annual Women’s Nicholas Colleluori Classic. This special fundraising event has seen over $100,000 for the HEADstrong Foundation since its inception in 2008 and now under the direction of Hofstra Women’s Coach Shannon Smith, plans to expand the event are already underway for the 2013 fall season.
This year’s line-up includes the following programs
Central Connecticut State University, CW Post, Hofstra University, Iona College, LaSalle University, Long Island University, Manhattan College, New York Athletic Club, Stony Brook University, SUNY Cortland and Villanova University. In addition, the Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse Alumni will be participating as Team HEADstrong in memory of Nick Colleluori.
Time Field 1 (Turf) Field 2 Field 3
9:00AM Hofstra vs. Iona Stony Brook vs. CW Post Cortland vs. LaSalle
9:50AM HEADstrong vs. NYAC Stony Brook vs. Villanova CCSU vs. Manhattan
10:40AM Hofstra vs. LaSalle Long Island University vs. Iona CW Post vs. Cortland
11:30AM HEADstrong vs. Villanova Stony Brook vs. CCSU Manhattan vs. NYAC
12:20PM HEADstrong Presentation HEADstrong Presentation HEADstrong Presentation
1:00PM Hofstra vs. CCSU Stony Brook vs. LaSalle CW Post vs. Villanova
1:50PM HEADstrong vs. Manhattan Iona vs. NYAC Long Island University vs. Cortland
2:40PM Hofstra vs. Villanova CW Post vs. LaSalle CCSU vs. NYAC
3:25PM Hofstra vs. Cortland HEADstrong vs. Iona Long Island University vs. Manhattan
“First and foremost we welcome Coach Shannon Smith and Athletic Director Jeffrey Hathaway to our Hofstra/HEADstrong family. On behalf of the Colleluori family, we thank them for their commitment to remembering our son and brother Nicholas and we look forward to forging a wonderful relationship. This event stands as a memorial for those who have lost their battle, a chance to recognize those who are fighting and a celebration for survivors of blood cancers. Through the sport of lacrosse we have the ability to make a difference and improve the quality of life for these patients and their families. Hofstra University is our home away from home and the comfort that we feel when we are back at school is the same comfort that we provide the patients and their families at Nick’s House™. We are sincerely grateful to Hofstra University Athletics for continuing traditions, remembering our Nick and being inspired to make a difference.” Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong Foundation President and Nick’s Mom
About the HEADstrong Foundation
HEADstrong Foundation works to advocate, raise funds for and to support those affected by blood cancer or working to eliminate it. HEADstrong Foundation generates funds for blood cancer research, distributes grants and provides assistance to patients and survivors of blood cancer. In addition, HEADstrong Foundation awards scholarships and grants for students with ambitions of entering the medical field. Founder Nick “Head” Colleluori” attended Hofstra University where he played lacrosse. While at Hofstra Nick was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. While sick he began counseling other patients and began laying the framework for what would become the HEADstrong Foundation, in an effort to raise cancer awareness and help others and future patients that found themselves in a similar situation. In August of 2006 he even found the strength to play in one last lacrosse game. Nick passed away on November 28, 2006 at the age of 21. Even though he is gone, his memory and relentless determination lives on through the HEADstrong Foundation.