Game for good cause raises money for N-W family in need
By David Yarger
Last Friday, Niagara-Wheatfield continued its giving tradition, as the Falcons girls lacrosse team hosted “Lax for Love.”
The school’s third cause event in one week proved to be another successful one.
During the Falcons’ matchup versus North Tonawanda, the team raised money for a Falcons’ athlete’s family, whose mother has been diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer. The squad asked for a $3 admission donation at Terry Harvey Field. At the entrance, orange cancer awareness bracelets were sold to go along with a 50/50 and bake sale, as well.
Prior to the game, the Falcons warmed up in black and orange long- sleeved shirts that said “Faith Keeps Me Going – Lax For Love 2019,” with an orange ribbon. The back said “Falcon Family” in orange script.
In addition, several North Tonawanda players wrote the No. 20 on the back of their calves or hands, which represented the number of the Falcons athlete whose mother had been diagnosed.
In all, Falcons coach Trish Pineda said the event raised $1,075 for the family.
“We had great support from the N-W family, lax alumni, and the NT parents -- both JV and varsity. It was a great turnout,” Pineda said. “I was hoping for $700. The family was very emotional and surprised by the outcome. They were very grateful.”
The Falcons would win the game on the pitch, but both teams walked away victors, as they helped raise funds for a great cause.
Pictured are several scenes from Friday’s “Lax for Love” event at Niagara-Wheatfield High School. (Photos by David Yarger)