Do you want to watch a team full of potential and some questions play a team full of some of the best former college lacrosse players ever? Do you also want to raise some dough for a good cause?
Well, college boy, do I have something for you to do on Friday night.
Virginia -- a five-time national champion -- will be holding its alumni game scrimmage this Friday at 9:30 P.M. on the team's new practice field in Charlottesville. In addition to the game, the Cavaliers will be collecting donations for the Chris Sanderson Memorial Trust:
Admission is free for the event, however donations to the Chris Sanderson Memorial Trust are encouraged. Sanderson, a former UVa and Major League Lacrosse standout goalie, passed away in June after a four-year battle with cancer. One hundred percent of the funds collected will go to the education of Sanderson’s two surviving daughters, Stevie and Clementine.
“Having the alumni back in town is always one of my favorite events of the year,” said Virginia head men’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia. “It is especially poignant this year with Chris Sanderson's recent passing still such a vivid memory. There may be a game played in the midst of the weekend's activities but it will be our present team meeting some of yesterday's stars, storytelling of glory gone by and comforting each other with Chris' family that will carry this day. The weddings, births and funerals in recent months serve as a consistent reminder of the strength of the Virginia Lacrosse family. Friends, fans and family are warmly invited to join the present and past players for Friday evening's game.”
All kinds of former Virginia stars will be around, including Ben Rubeor and Steele Stanwick.
In addition to the scrimmage, Virginia will be hosting a youth clinic on Saturday morning at 9:30 A.M. Here are the details:
Also part of the weekend events will be a youth clinic on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. The clinic will be held at The Park on North Grounds and it will be free to all participants. Donations will be accepted and all proceeds will also go to the Chris Sanderson Memorial Trust. All ages may attend the clinic and signups can go through Doug Knight by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rubeor and Stanwick will be among the clinic coaches.
“The clinic on Saturday is a fitting fundraiser for Chris,” said Wright. “He was a teacher, coach, mentor and inspiration to a lot of young lacrosse players. The impact he had on New Jersey lacrosse was obvious by the outpouring of support from that community upon Chris’ passing away. Chris and his wife, Brogann (1998 UVa graduate), positively affected a lot of lives, including mine.”
Do it to it, people.