As we all know the Headstrong University City Classic, a special collegiate lacrosse event honoring the life and legacy of Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori, is this weekend at the University of Penn. Inside Lacrosse recently did a nice write-up about Nicholas Colleluori and the Headstrong foundation earlier this week.
It was at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania that Colleluori fought his heroic battle against non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His public fight from the sidelines at Hofstra University captivated the nation and from his hospital bed he created an organization focused on empowering student-athletes to improve lives affected by the disease. His vision was simple yet critical; helping real families when they needed it most, providing support so that families may live with a greater dignity and normalcy. Colleluori fought to improve the inpatient experience, the affordability and accessibility of care and tackled the general concerns facing the patient population. Understanding the ripple effect and impact that a cancer diagnosis had on a family, Colleluori championed efforts to support caregivers and capital projects to improve accommodations. He built an awareness platform driven by lime green shoelaces, the national awareness color for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He empowered his own family and in the last days of his life asked them to pick up the ball where he left off. It’s a promise that the Colleluori family continues to fulfill through the essential programs and services offered by the HEADstrong Foundation, www.HEADstrong.org.
Syracuse is one of the of the teams participating in the Penn event this weekend. Our man @OrangeLax did a post about all of the Headstrong events back in August which you can find here.
The Kid Chris will be with Desko and all the lads this weekend. Additionally, he’ll be posting videos from the event on our Facebook page. Below is a preview video that I think you’ll all enjoy.