Our players make a difference!
Our players & supporters have donated over $100,000 to various 501(c)3 charities for cancer research/awareness and wish-related charities! Our past teams have championed donations for Susan G. Komen in honor of Lori Beck, Project Violet (at Fred Hutch) in honor of Sam Taylor, The Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation in honor of Camron Cozzi and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of Liz Lofurno. To learn more about those teams go to "the pods" page and click on the team photo that you want to learn more about.
Our most recent teams, Pods 11, 12 & 13 supported the Make-A-Wish Orange County & Inland Empire chapter. They played at the Sand Storm tournament in Palm Desert Jan. 12-14 and honored Josh Varnell, who battles cystic fibrosis. Josh had wish granted last year. These teams raised over $20,000 !!!
DONATIONS BEING TAKEN THROUGH JANUARY 21, 2018 ... Link below connects you to our page on the Make-A-Wish Orange County & Inland Empire website. If you know a player who played on one of our teams ask them for their custom Make-A-Wish Orange County & Inland Empire web page address. If you don't know a player and want to help the teams raise money for this amazing charity, please click the button below to make a tax-deductible donation to Make-A-Wish Orange County & Inland Empire.
Since 1983, Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire has granted nearly 6,000 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions living in Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Wishes strengthen these children and their families, rally communities together, and change the lives of everyone involved. Wishes make life better for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.
We chose this charity because three lacrosse players who we have honored/played for have all had wishes granted by other chapters of Make-A-Wish. Their experiences were incredibly valued by the families. Click here to see Sam Taylor's service announcement for his local chapter of Make-A-Wish: SAM TAYLOR
So far, we have honored Lori, Sam, Cam, Liz & Josh. . .
CLICK HERE to meet Sam by reading his blog. Scroll to the very bottom of his blog to read the timeline of events.
CLICK HERE to meet Sam's family & learn abut the non-profit they created to raise money for Project Violet.
CLICK HERE to visit Liz's Caring Bridge page and read about her journey.
CLICK HERE to watch Dr. Jim Olson's TED talk about tumor paint and why it's so critical for brain cancer patients. His research and discoveries look promising to help patients with other types of cancer too.
CLICK HERE to watch Dr. Jim Olson's TED talk about Project Violet.
CLICK HERE to read Camron Cozzi's story. Whales Pods 4 & 8 played for Cam in 2016. He is a 17 year old lax player fighting a courageous battle against DIPG brain cancer.
CLICK HERE to visit Camron's Caring Bridge page & read about his journey.
CLICK HERE to watch the story of Lauren Hill, the 19 year old basketball player who bravely fought DIPG, raised awareness and over a million dollars for research.