Following on the success of the past three years, Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) and Chantilly Youth Association (CYA), joined forces again to host the fourth annual “LAX for a Cause” day of lacrosse. The eight-hour lacrosse event featured dozens of lacrosse games at Centreville High School. The goal? Raise $20,000 to directly benefit Special Love and children with cancer. This year we passed our goal and presented special love a check for $21,000. 2017 was our best Lax4ACause passing our fundraising goal by $1,000. In 4 years Lax4ACause has raised over $80,000 and donated it to it’s Lax4ACause recipients.

The lacrosse marathon featured more than 20 teams – with players ages five and up – which will play at a different time slots throughout the day. Funds were raised through both individual player and corporate sponsorships, as well as through concessions and t-shirt sales on the day of the event.

“This year we have chose Special Love because we found out last spring that one of our own Lady Warriors is fighting a battle with Cancer. It was Tatum Bulger’s idea to select Special Love as our 2017 fundraising recipient after she attended Special Love’s Camp Fantastic, a summer camp for children with cancer. Special Love is a great organization dedicated to helping kids find comfort with their battle with this terrible disease.

This year some of our top fundraisers won prizes donated by Lacrosse equipment companies like Warrior, BNS Sports, East Coast Dyes, Gopher Lax and Dark Star Dyes. SYA Vice Commissioner, Scott Stewart and Commissioner Damien LaRuffa presented Tatum with a custom dyed “Special Love” themed stick to commemorate the event, her courage and strength as she fights her battle with cancer.

Lax4ACause 2017 was a great event and a fun day of lacrosse and giving back. We could not make this happen without the support of this great community of players, parents, volunteers and sponsors in Centreville/Chantilly area.