FAIRFIELD, Conn. – This fall six members of the Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team assisted with Make-A-Wish Connecticut with tryouts for its summer tournament teams as volunteer coaches. Other lacrosse student-athletes assisted with a beautification project at Ninety Acres Park in Bridgeport.
On Oct. 27, Alec Dauses, Nick Fairley, Alex Dodge, Jimmy Eazor, Matt Gannon, and Mitch Hall assisted in MAW's player evaluations by running drills and providing helpful coaching advice to the 150 kids on hand for Make-A-Wish Lacrosse, which is based in Monroe. The players imparted their knowledge of the game on an eager group of young lacrosse players.
"It was a good experience," said Dauses, who is a sophomore on this season's squad. "It was a lot of fun. The kids learn a lot about the game and we, in turn, learn a lot from them. It's good to work with such a good organization like Make-A-Wish."
Instead of paying team fees, Make-A-Wish provides its lacrosse players raise money for the charity through their own personalized fundraising web page. The mission of the Make-A-Wish foundation is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
"SHU administrators and student-athletes have supported Make-A-Wish in many ways over the years," said Mike Burke, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Connecticut. "At any given time, we have student interns from SHU working side by side with us at our Trumbull headquarters. SHU players helping with our lax program is an extension of this valuable partnership. I want to thank Coach Basti and Athletic Director Bobby Valentine for their leadership on this. Our kids and coaches loved having them and we are excited about including SHU even more as the relationship evolves."
On Nov. 2, members of the men's lacrosse and men's volleyball team joined up with other members of the university community for a clean-up of Ninety Acres Park in Bridgeport. The group removed garbage and invasive vines from the park.
"It was a great experience for us," said Gannon. "There was about 18 of us there to help clean out the park. We also created a path through the park for the children who walk home from Winthrop School so they don't have to deal with traffic on the streets."