Lacrosse tournament benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation

The athletic fields at Yale University were packed with young lacrosse players on Saturday. But for some of those who were out there playing, it was not about the competition.

About 140 kids took part in the “Bulldog Bash Lacrosse Tournament” at Yale University, but the teams weren’t focused on keeping score, but rather raising money for “Make-A-Wish Connecticut.”

“As a parent it really makes us feel good to see our children, who love the game of lacrosse and are here to be with their friends kind of transcend that, and realize the money they’re raising will help other children,” said Tom Maurath of Newtown.

For the last six months, these kids and their families have been raising money for Make-A-Wish –which makes dreams come true for children with life threatening medical conditions.

“Everything from bedroom makeovers, to therapeutic spas, to trips to Disney, to meet and greets with celebrities, they come in all shapes and sizes,” said Kim Smith of Make-A-Wish Connecticut.

The average price tag of a wish here in Connecticut hovers right around $10,000.
which is why events like these are so important.

And all the hard work off the field is certainly paying off, the kids playing today’s game have raised roughly $160,000.

“They are totally into raising money. They understand where it’s going and why they’re doing what they are doing,” said Bill Giugno, who was coaching one of the teams.

“I love lacrosse but it makes you feel so much better that you know you’re helping other things,” said one of the players.

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