We interrupt this postseason to shed some light on a noteworthy charitable effort …
The boys and girls lacrosse programs at Byram Hills were part of a project that raised more than $60,000 earlier this month, hosting the No Man Down Fall Lax Classic to Benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
The event attracted 54 boys and girls teams from Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Long Island and Connecticut with competitors ranging from seventh grade through varsity level. The day-long tournament was held at Byram Hills High School with a schedule of games featuring 7-on-7 competition for the boys and 8-on-8 for the girls on a dozen fields. Neighboring schools lent lacrosse nets and game officials donated their time.
“We wanted to do something special and recognize our veterans by organizing an event in support of them,” tournament organizer Tom Grotta said. “The Byram Hills varsity lacrosse coaches, players and community all donated their time to make this happen. Everyone, including all of the referees that donated their time, the local stores that donated all of the food and a Byram Hills Club, Students Supporting Soldiers, came together to make this a success and raise over $60,000.”
The idea for the fundraiser was brought to the school by a group of lacrosse parents and coaches after participating last year in a similar event. Byram Hills AD Mike Gulino was on board early. His son is a graduate of West Point and has been serving in Iraq since June.