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Victoria lacrosse clubs host day-long Lax-4-Life game to combat cancer
VICTORIA – Four Victoria minor box lacrosse organizations are joining forces to host a 12-hour lacrosse game to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation on Saturday April 11 with the opening faceoff at 9 a.m. at the Q Centre.
The Lax4Life game is being spearheaded by a group of Victoria-based lacrosse volunteers, including Vancouver Island Minor Lacrosse Commission chair Brian Corbett and long-time Victoria-area lacrosse volunteer Linda Cretney.
“We saw this work really well in Delta and then they put out a challenge to other associations in B.C. We answered their challenge and are looking to build on their success and raise funds and awareness for an important cause,” Corbett said. “The cooperation between minor box lacrosse organizations in Peninsula, Saanich, Victoria-Esquimalt and Juan de Fuca is a testament to the bigger lacrosse family. We look out for each other.”
The game will be a non-contact game with kids as young as 5-years-old (called mini-tykes) and adults playing on the same floor. Participants will play on mixed teams in half-hour shifts. The Q Centre is the iconic home for the Victoria Shamrocks (Western Lacrosse Association, BC Junior Lacrosse Association, and BC Intermediate A), Westshore Bears (BC Junior B) and Juan de Fuca minor lacrosse.
“The lacrosse family is working collaboratively for a great cause,” Cretney said. “We collectively have a desire to work on community initiatives, especially when cancer is something that touches everybody in some way which sadly the fight against cancer does.”
“This is a great opportunity for friends, families and multiple generations to come out and play the game we all love,” Cretney added. “This is a wonderful way to kick off our 2015 minor box lacrosse season in Victoria, a year where we welcome female-only teams in minor box lacrosse to our offerings.”
Registration is now open online (https://www.teampages.com/forms/8402-Lax-4-Life-Victoria-Registration-Form). The cost is $20 per player prior to March 15 and $50 per player after March 15, with an expectation that each player raises $100 in donations toward the BC Cancer Foundation. Players can register as a single participant or as part of a group.
Lax-4-Life Victoria Registration page:
BC Cancer Foundation: http://bccancerfoundation.com/
BC Cancer Agency: http://www.bccancer.bc.ca
Andy Watson – 778-679-5667 / email@example.com
Cheryl Brown – 250-704-9745 / firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Media wishing to attend the April 11 game will receive details closer to the game.
• Lax-4-Life started when two Delta Minor Lacrosse Association volunteers were experiencing their own family battle with cancer. Kelly and Brian Robinson, two of the driving forces behind this event, are proud parents of Ashley, their daughter and a cancer survivor who played her first season of lacrosse in 2011.
• The Robinson family moved to Delta from Northern Ontario in 2009, and Kelly’s and Brian’s son Mitch joined field lacrosse through a friend at school. The Delta Lacrosse community became part of the Robinsons’ extended family, and when members of Delta Lacrosse joined Ashley’s 12-Hour Relay For Life team in 2010, the idea of a 12-hour lacrosse game was discussed.
• Lax-4-Life grew from there. Recently, Delta Lacrosse put a challenge out to other lacrosse communities to also host an event. The four Victoria minor box lacrosse associations have accepted the Lax-4-Life challenge.
• Lax-4-Life is an annual event in Delta and they have raised significant funds over the years. Their single-year record is close to $20,000. They are now entering their fifth year of the event.
The Victoria associations have a goal to surpass the $20,000 mark and more importantly help in the battle to beat cancer!
Registration will be available online soon and is $20 per player prior to March 15 and $50 per player after March 15, with an expectation that each player raises $100 in donations toward the BC Cancer Foundation. Players can register as a single participant or as part of a group.
Spots will be filled on a first-come basis. Organizers will try to get everyone a minimum of two shifts and some players that are available more may get more shifts.
Participants can create their own page on their website to start collecting donations or you can bring cash/cheques to the event. The advantage of the online option is that receipts are provided right away. There will be prizes for those players that collect the most donations.
We are looking for volunteers for a variety of positions. Please email Brian Corbett at email@example.com.
ABOUT THE BC CANCER FOUNDATION
The BC Cancer Foundation is the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest funder of cancer research in this province. The BCCF enables donors to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia.
By connecting philanthropy and research, the BCCF supports the revolutionary advances that will help us achieve our vision of a world free from cancer.
One in three British Columbians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Because the BC Cancer Agency integrates research and treatment, the process from discovery to treatment is shorter, and researchers are asking questions focused on the needs of patients in BC.
The BC Cancer Agency excels at translating exciting discoveries from the researcher’s bench to the patient’s bedside. This is the quickest and most effective way to impact cancer care, and it makes the Agency an international leader in cancer research.
The BCCF’s unique relationship with the BC Cancer Agency allows our donors to be part of research discoveries made right here in B.C. The BCCF invite donors to become more connected to the BC Cancer Agency’s world-leading research that is shaping the future of patient care. The BCCF is funding the areas of greatest priority and promise, and works with the scientists and clinicians at the BC Cancer Agency to identify the priorities and needs that will have the most significant and timely impact on cancer care and treatment. The BCCF then partners with our donors to raise the necessary funds in support of this life-saving work.
The BC Cancer Agency provides a province-wide cancer control program for everyone in British Columbia and Yukon. It delivers the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive and palliative care.
ABOUT THE BC CANCER AGENCY
The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, provides a province-wide, population-based cancer control program for the residents of British Columbia and the Yukon. The Agency accepts patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and are referred by a physician.
The BC Cancer Agency’s mandate covers the spectrum of cancer care, from prevention and screening, to diagnosis, treatment, and through to rehabilitation. The BC Cancer Agency’s mandate is driven by a three-fold mission:
• To reduce the incidence of cancer
• To reduce the mortality rate of people with cancer
• To improve the quality of life of people living with cancer
This mission drives everything the organization does, including providing screening, diagnosis and care, setting treatment standards, and conducting research into causes of, and cures for, cancer.
For more information, please visit http://www.bccancer.bc.ca.
The 2015 Box Coaching Clinic Schedule is now available. If any coaches want to attend. please contact Ken Passfield – Saanich Lacrosse Head Coach. The complete schedule is linked below.
The document 2015 Box Coaching Schedule was attached to this post.
Hello Saanich Lacrosse Parents;
We are going to try our luck with the weather this weekend by attempting to have another Ice Breaker for the Tykes (kids born in 2007 & 2008) and the Mini Tykes (kids born in 2009 – 2010) at Lambrick Park outdoor box. Lambrick Park is located off Feltham Road near the Gordon Head Recreation Centre.
Please note the Tykes and Mini Tykes are on different days.
Details are as follows;
Tykes – Saturday February 28 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (players born in 2007 & 2008)
Mini Tyke – Sunday March 1 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (players born in 2008 & 2009)
I should have the new free sticks for all new players to Saanich lacrosse.
These ice breaker will be weather dependent. If it is pouring with rain or there are large puddles in the lacrosse box we will not be running it.
We will be having additional ice breakers in the weeks ahead and details will follow.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
VP Mini Tyke & Tyke Division
Coach Practices for Team Selection
Thursday February 26th 4:30-6:00pm, Braefoot
Tuesday March 3rd 5:00-6:00pm, Eagle Ridge
Friday February 27th 5:00-6:00pm, Eagle Ridge
Thursday March 5th 5:00-6:30pm, Braefoot
Monday March 2nd, 5:00-6:30pm, Braefoot
Tuesday March 3rd, 5:00-6:30pm, Braefoot
Wednesday March 4th, 5:15-6:30, Braefoot
Thursday March 5th Eagle Ridge, 6:00-7:30pm
Lax-4-Life Victoria… What is it all about!
On Saturday, April 11th there will be a 12 hour lacrosse game played at the Q Center to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation. This non-contact game will include players of all ages and skill levels on mixed teams playing in half hour shifts. This is a great opportunity for friends, families and multiple generations to come out together and play the game we all love. You can register as a single or as part of a group.
Registration is available online (https://www.teampages.com/forms/8402-Lax-4-Life-Victoria-Registration-Form) and the spots will be filled on a first come basis. We will try to get everyone a minimum of two shifts and some players, who are available, may get an additional shift.
The registration fee is $20 per player prior to March 15th and $40 per player after March 15th, if any spots remain. In addition to your registration fee you are requested to raise a minimum of $100 for the BC Cancer Foundation. You will be able to create your own page on their website to start collecting donations or you can bring cash/cheques to the event. The advantage of the online option is that tax receipts are immediately available to the person making the donation. There will be prizes for those players who raise the most donations.
Ball will drop at 9am with the first two groups on the floor.
Players and coaches will be swapped out at a stoppage of play each half hour, but the game will continue
Score will be cumulative for the entire 12 hours and realistically many players will play for both teams.
Jerseys will be provided when you check-in.
Minor players MUST be registered for the 2015 season and be in full gear.
Intermediate and Junior players may not yet be carded for 2015, so we will have waivers for them as needed (if under 18 parent/guardian must sign).
Adults will also need to sign an insurance release and may play with helmet and mouth guard although we encourage proper gear for all participants.
If there are Mini Tyke aged players on the floor the soft pink lacrosse balls will be used… otherwise a standard white ball will be used.
This is a non-contact game and absolutely no unsportsmanlike play or fighting will be tolerated… anyone involved in this type of behavior will be asked to leave (without refund).
Goalies will be in full gear, but again we expect players to take into consideration the age of the goalie before firing off a shot.
We encourage players to hang out between their shifts and support the players on the floor. All registered players will receive a Lax-4-Life t-shirt and there will be some snacks available, but you should bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Bantam and younger age players must have a parent/guardian/adult with them as there will be nobody from the event team available to keep an eye on them.
Volunteers are the key to any successful event and we will be looking for people to fill various roles to help make this event a success. We will need coaches (Level 1 is fine), officials, volunteers to sign-in players, scorekeepers, timekeepers and other tasks – like keeping the snacks stocked, and circulating around the arena to ensure everything is running smoothly.
The four Victoria associations are jointly hosting this event, but any and all volunteers are welcome and encouraged. We will also be looking for donations to assist with the food and prizes, so if you have any leads on these types of items please let us know as all assistance is appreciated. The hope is this can become an annual event to kick off our season.
Schedules will be posted online by April 1st so that we can juggle if there are any issues. Please be sure to indicate any times that you are not available on your registration form
Kelly and Brian Robinson, Delta Lacrosse (DLA) volunteers and their family, are one of the driving forces behind this event after their own family’s battle with cancer. Their daughter Ashley, who played her first season of lacrosse in 2011, is a cancer survivor. The family moved out here from Northern Ontario in 2009, and Kelly and Brian’s son Mitch joined Field lacrosse through a friend at school. The Delta Lacrosse community became part of their extended family, and when members of Delta Lacrosse (Coach “Wally” and the Schwan/Larsen family) joined Ashley’s 12-Hour Relay For Life team in 2010 and the idea of a 12 hour lacrosse game was born. It grew from there.
Delta has put a challenge out to other lacrosse communities to also host an event…and the four Victoria associations are stepping up to give it a try! The Lax-4-Life event has been an annual event in Delta and they have raised significant funds over the years…. their highest year was close to $20,000 … so of course our goal is to beat this and, more importantly, help in the battle to beat cancer!