Sports

The Port Washington Lacrosse Classic fundraiser is held every year on the first Saturday in April. This year that date is April 4. The Classic is hosting 10 teams representing Nassau and Suffolk County. Each team plays five scrimmages between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

They are looking for people to watch high-level lacrosse. There are raffles, lacrosse merchandise, food, and refreshments being sold as part of a fundraiser.

This year the event will raise money to take the team to Disney Wide World of Sports Complex to play lacrosse during the next spring break.

The event is also a fundraiser for HEADstrong, which is a nonprofit cancer organization.

The HEADstrong Foundation is named after Nicholas "Head" Colleluori, a true hero who defined the word "Relentless" in his battle against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Nicholas was an amazing person, an undersized athlete who was noted for his aggressiveness and character on the field. In his sophomore year at Hofstra University, after experiencing allergy-like symptoms, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a vicious type of blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system. He battled the disease relentlessly for 14 months, undergoing intense chemotherapy, radiation, a stem cell transplant, and experimental treatments.

He was a true inspiration. While sick, Nicholas counseled fellow patients and continued to work out on a regular basis. He possessed such determination and drive that while undergoing treatments he found the strength to participate in one last game in August 2006. Nicholas passed away on Nov. 28, 2006 at the age of 21. Even though he is gone, his memory will live on forever with the HEADstrong Foundation. While Nicholas was fighting his disease, he created the HEADstrong Foundation; it was his vision to share his illness with the public to raise cancer awareness and to help others affected by the disease.


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