Excited to announce we have two teams (Pods 14 & 15) playing in honor of Lance Fenderson and raising money for his charity of choice, the Kelly Brush Foundation. Lance is a senior in high school from North Carolina. He plays lacrosse and soccer but his real passion is car racing. Lance is already a professional race car driver (www.lancefenderson.com). In May, during a collision on the lacrosse field he suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury and is paralyzed from the chest down. He just returned home for the fist time in September. Please show your support by following him on instagram (@lancefenderson23) and donating to the charity he selected. The Kelly Brush Foundation provides people living with paralysis the chance to try a variety of adaptive sports such a biking, skiing and more. To support this amazing cause click the link on our charity page.
We will announce our charity soon. Putting a couple new teams together to play at Sand Storm this January.
Thanks for all the emails and DM's. Due to a couple surgeries in the family, my graduation and a big family trip we are taking a break from organizing Whales teams right now. Whales will be back in 2019. If you are interested in being considered for a future team please email us your name, grad year, position(s), lax resume, why you want to play for Whales and two coach references.
Congrats to our 2020 team (Pod 12) who came out on top at Sand Storm in CA. Sand Storm was bigger than ever this year with 340 teams from all throughout the country. These guys played hard for Josh Varnell (who is the same grade) and made him proud!
Our three Sand Storm teams championed over $20,000 for Make-A-Wish Orange Country and the Inland Empire! Our teams honored Josh Varnell who has battled cystic fibrosis since he was a baby. Josh had his wish granted a year ago when they sent him and his family on the trip of a lifetime to Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. He came and talked to our teams to tell the players how important these wishes are to families like his.
We have officially announced our charity for the Sand Storm tournament. Excited to champion money for the chapter of Make-A-Wish located closest to the tournament, Orange County and Inland Empire. We were inspired to pick this charity because all three lacrosse players who we have honored/played for were granted wishes by their own local chapters and we saw the amazing things this program does.
In our biggest endeavor to date, we will take three boys teams to Palm Desert, CA to play at Sandstorm, the largest tournament on the West Coast. We are excited to partner with Charm City Youth Lacrosse and Protalus to offer the west coast lax experience to several Charm City players. More details about this event and our charity coming soon!
We partnered with Charm City Youth Lacrosse (CCYL) and Adrenaline Lacrosse to give the opportunity for one of their players to come out west, meet new friends and give back by playing for Sam Taylor and raising awareness for pediatric brain cancer research. CCYL provides free equipment and coaching to underserved youth in the Baltimore area. The program is so successful it is literally changing kids lives. Charm City selected 2022 Kabran Clark as the ambassador for their program. Adrenaline flew Kabe and his father to Seattle to join the Whales 2022/23 team, "Pod 10." Pod 10 welcomed Kabe and he immediately became part of the family. The incredible coaching that Charm City receives from it's "who's who" list of volunteer coaches became quickly apparent when we watched Kabe take to the field. The kid is a natural but has clearly received guidance from the best. His stick skills were off the charts, matched only by his sense of humor. He is a wickedly talented, smart and humble player. Whales feels incredibly fortunate to call Kabe and his family part of the pod and we look forward to future partnerships with CCYL! Our team collected gear donations for Charm City and encourage other lax fans to do the same. Helmets, sticks, pads, etc. are all put to great use by kids as young as age six. The Charm City director told us our helmet donations were especially valuable as that is a critical item they never have enough of. Learn more about Charm City and how you can donate: http://www.charmcityyouthlax.com/
Our players on pods 9 and 10 are serious about honoring Sam and fighting cancer. These two teams have already raised over $15,000 for the Strong4Sam Foundation. Strong4Sam funds pediatric cancer research at Fred Hutch. So proud of these guys and their efforts.
Do you know an elite lacrosse player who wants to play for a great cause? Have him send us his lax bio (teams he has played for, awards, at least 2 coach references) and why he wants to play for Whales.
Proud of the boys on Pod 7 (our 2017/18 team) who honored Liz Lofurno, a glax player from West Linn, Oregon who battled and is beating stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma. This team raised $5000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. They made it to the semi-finals at the Valhalla Invitational in Portland, OR. #LizStrong
Calvin McKenna of Pod 7 from the Seattle area sold over $1000 worth of his grandma's award winning cookies to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We are blown away by his efforts of honoring Liz Lofurno and raising money for such an important cause. Hats off to his grandma who must have worked around the clock to fulfill all the orders!
Player from past, present and future pods gathered up their friends and played indoor soccer. Our players from West Linn on Pod 7 were raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and our players on Pod 8 were raising money for their secret mystery charity. Over $600 raised in two hours of fun! Proud of these guys (and girls)! Congrats to Team Vanilla Gorilla for bringing home the hardware!
Grab your friends, a costume and sign up for Halloween Costume Soccer Tourney; a fundraiser the West Linn Whales players are hosting. Oct. 31 10AM - 1PM at Oregon Soccer Center in Clackamas. $20 or more is the suggested donation per player. Email Candace Scott to sign up (they prefer you register ahead of time): firstname.lastname@example.org Don't miss this fun way to help our cancer-related charities! GO WHALES!
We have two boys high school teams getting ready to play at the Valhalla Invitational Nov. 18-20 in Portland, OR. Our 2017/18 team is raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Liz Lofurno and our 2019/20 team is raising money for a very special charity but keeping it a secret until after the tourney. How can you support these teams? Make a donation to LLS on the "charity" page of our website or contact a player from Pod 8 to learn how to support the secret charity.
So proud of our U15 and HS Elite girls teams who both won their age divisions at the Oregon Lacrosse Classic in Bend Oregon last weekend! The girls honored Liz Lofurno, a 16 year old West Linn laxer who has been battling stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Liz's recent scans have not shown any cancer and she was cleared to play weeks before the tourney. We pretty much went crazy as we watched Liz rip the net time and time again! #LizsStrong
When you raise $10K for cancer research it isn't necessary to win the 'ship because you already feel pretty amazing ... but we're glad we won it for Cam. Stay strong Cam! 53 goals & $10k (and still coming in) for the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation.
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