WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. -- The Williams College men’s and women’s lacrosse teams are participating in the CityLax Virtual 5k event this weekend to raise critical funds for the kids within the New York City Public School lacrosse system.
Women’s captain Olivia Gomez noted, "We were excited to enter the CityLax Virtual 5k with men’s lacrosse after Mat Levine ’74 (two-time All-American goalie and founder of CityLax and a current board member with the organization) reached out to the men’s captain, Jared Strauss. We thought it was a great opportunity to join forces with the men’s team to show our collective support for CityLax!"
Mat Levine coached Jared Strauss while Strauss played for Docs NYC Lacrosse growing up.
Eph women’s head coach Alice Lee offered, “This fundraising effort by the Eph teams has been generated and is solely organized by the members of both Eph teams.”
The men’s team will be doing their run in socially distant small groups on Friday, while the women’s team is doing their 5k this Sunday.
The Eph teams have a combined fundraising goal of $8,500.00 and they already have $4,802.00 in hand. The Eph teams will continue to collect funds through November 1. Jared Strauss stated, “Our big donation day will be when we run.”
Strauss added, “Both Williams lacrosse teams are determined to leave a lasting impact within the lacrosse community. As the game continues to grow improving diversity and inclusion within the sport has never been more important and we know partnering with CityLax is one step in the right direction.
The CityLax Mission Statement procliams, "We are currently focused on introducing/expanding lacrosse into New York City schools with an emphasis on Middle School and geographies that historically have had little or no access to the game and that are predominantly comprised of populations from lower income families.”
The two Eph teams have committed to running in the Virtual 5k and helping fundraise for CityLax to be sure that CityLax will be there for NYC kids.The COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges on the NYC student-athletes that CityLax supports as a result of NY State severely cutting its budget for Spring sports.
Raising a combined total of $8,500, would allow the Ephs to support 10 CityLax high school seniors receive one-on-one college counseling as well as provide sustaining funds for two PSAL high school lacrosse teams.
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