Eleven Top NCAA Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Teams and the U.S. Men’s National Team to Compete in Fourth Annual Play for Parkinson’s Fall Tournament

View Game Photos from last year’s event

The ProjectSpark Foundation (www.projectspark.org), an Arlington, VA based organization focused on raising funds to battle Parkinson’s disease, is proud to announce that the fourth annual Play for Parkinson’s Lacrosse Series (www.playforparkinsons.org) will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th, 2013. The event will again be held at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA and will feature 11 of the country’s most prominent NCAA men’s and women’s programs and the U.S. Men’s National Team.

This year’s men’s tournament on October 5th will feature the U.S. Men’s National Team, Loyola, Georgetown, Towson, Air Force, and Richmond for its first fall tournament as a Division I program.

The women’s tournament on October 6th will include Duke, Maryland, Penn State, Towson, JMU and Georgetown.

More than 15,000 people have supported the Play for Parkinson’s Fall Lacrosse Series over the last three years and helped the ProjectSpark Foundation, an organization founded by Christian and Lauren Cook, to raise much needed funds for the fight against Parkinson’s Disease. In the fall of 2008, Christian and Lauren’s mother, Diane Cook, was diagnosed with early stage Parkinson’s. Diane is just one of 1.5 million Americans who currently suffer from Parkinson’s – a group that is growing by more than 60,000 every year.

For the fourth year in a row, Play for Parkinson’s will highlight young men and women playing what has been called the “fastest game on two feet” to help those whose very ability to move is being compromised by Parkinson’s disease. All proceeds from the Play for Parkinson’s Lacrosse Series will benefit the ProjectSpark Foundation. Each participating institution has donated its time, facilities, and travel expense toward the goal of creating a ‘spark’ to find a cure.

“We are humbled by the support of so many outstanding institutions as we raise awareness and ‘spark’ new ideas and initiatives that hopefully will lead to an end to this devastating disease,” Christian Cook, co-founder and president of ProjectSpark stated.

More information on ticket prices, location, and volunteer opportunities may be found at www.playforparkinsons.org.

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