All too often, lacrosse has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons; we all know the examples very well by now. That’s why when this story hit my inbox, I knew it was a great chance to shed some light on all the positive things lacrosse players are doing across the nation.
Marquette will be competing in their first season of NCAA lacrosse come 2013, so it seems imperative for them to start off on the right foot. With the stress of Finals week, it says even more that these guys would take time out of their schedules to rally behind this cause, however great, and get together a bus-load full of toys for a local Children’s Hospital.
Nice work Marquette Men’s Lacrosse, and good luck this season! Check out the full press release on their toy drive below for additional information. That is a serious bus load of holiday cheer!
Marquette Men’s Lacrosse Team Delivers Donated Toys & Holiday Cheer
Semester-long toy drive benefits Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s lacrosse team took a break from their studies during finals week to spread some holiday cheer Thursday, delivering donated children’s toys to benefit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
In the spirit of giving, the Golden Eagles men’s lacrosse team promoted a semester-long toy drive. The result was thousands of dollars’ worth of donated toys, and money collected, that was used to purchase gifts from local department stores.
“When we were packing up the toys, we were all talking about how much fun we had with this stuff when we were younger,” said MU freshman Blaine Fleming. “It’s really cool anytime we can do something like this for the community.”
“Our kids did a great job getting the word out on campus, and it was something that the community was able to rally around,” said Marquette head coach Joe Amplo, who mentioned the idea came from seeing the success other collegiate lacrosse programs have had with similar service activities.
About a dozen student-athletes and members of the MU coaching staff loaded into vans Thursday morning to help deliver the gifts, which had to be hauled to the drop location in a university bus full of children’s toys.
“Marquette is about service and giving and being excellent in everything that we do,” Amplo said. “This was an important initiative for us to establish our culture as a program, fit in within the community and stand for everything that Marquette stands for.”
MU men’s lacrosse opens its first official season of competition in February 2013.