So many of us have been rocked by the unspeakable tragedy that has fallen upon the once quiet suburban town of Newtown, Conn. As families begin to pick up the pieces and try to move forward most of us wonder, if there is anything we can do to help. Last week, ten caring and thoughtful Major League Lacrosse players braved the elements and travelled through blizzards to do their best to put a smile on the face of children who have lived through the unimaginable.
Just after the biggest snow storm to hit the east coast in more than a year, the Charlotte Hounds’ Geoff Snider managed to get a flight from Calgary while the Rochester Rattler’s Joel White drove across New York state in the midst of a blizzard with a snow plow as an escort for most of his trip to be a part of the lacrosse clinic at Newtown Youth Academy.
Rochester’s Mark Millon left his family during the holidays to travel with his friends, Denver Outlaw Jeremy Sieverts and Chesapeake Bayhawk Steven Brooks, by train from Baltimore to NYC then drive the snow slicked roads another hour and a half north to Newtown. “The tragedy up there at Sandy Hook Elementary was truly devastating so holiday or not it was pretty easy to offer up our time in hopes that we might make even a small difference in one of those kid’s lives,” said MLL MVP and Hall of Famer Millon. “I think we all felt good knowing that we gave up some of our time to put a smile on some faces that may not have smiled much in the past few weeks.”
Denver’s, Justin Turri, Matt Bocklet and Ken Clausen, Charlotte’s Eric Lusby and Hamilton’s Scott Rodgers also made the trip to Newtown to help out and spend some time playing lacrosse bringing a much needed afternoon of fun to a community that has suffered so much loss.
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