Fairfield University
| March 2014 | Fairfield University News Channel

Lacrosse Supports Wounded Warrior Project During Saturday's Doubleheader

The Fairfield University women's and men's lacrosse teams will be playing for much more than a win during their doubleheader this Saturday, March 8. They will "Faceoff For A Cause" as proud supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Shelby Iapoce, a sophomore on the Fairfield University women's lacrosse team, learned about the Wounded Warrior Project over the summer from a friend. Iapoce was moved by the organization and its mission. She felt she needed to do something for the Wounded Warrior Project and decided her teammates should be involved as well.

"Soldiers sacrifice their lives for us, and without them, we couldn't live the lives that we do," Iapoce said. "I think it's our duty to help them when they return and when they are overseas."

To help, the Stags will be raising money and awareness by collecting donations and holding a silent auction during their lone doubleheader on March 8. The day begins at noon, when the women's team hosts Vermont, followed by the men's game against Yale at 3 p.m.

With a donation of $15, fans will receive a specially designed hat or a t-shirt for the event, while supplies last. Fans can also bid on a variety of silent auction items including: a PS4 gaming system, a GoPro Camera, a Bose SoundDock®, a signed hockey stick by New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, a jersey signed by the USA Women's Lacrosse World Cup Team, tickets for the New York Giants and the New York Yankees, a weekend getaway package to Saratoga Springs, a Vineyard Vines gift basket, and more. All items were donated by family and friends of the lacrosse programs and all funds raised go directly to the Wounded Warrior Project.

For fans who cannot make the game, but would still like to donate, please visit the Stags Lacrosse Proud Supporter page.

The Stags have been involved with the Wounded Warrior Project all season long. During preseason, Fairfield welcomed to campus a veteran and member of the Wounded Warrior Project. He spoke to both the men's and women's teams about his experiences and the organization in order to inform and inspire the Stags.

About the Wounded Warrior Project: The Wounded Warrior Project was established 10 years ago to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The project's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. Tens of thousands of wounded service members, family members, and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs.

Last modified:  Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:10:00 EST

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