The generosity of the lacrosse community helped to make Saturday’s Stick It To Hunger Charity Lacrosse Classic a success once again. With a record number of high school and adult teams, four fields kept busy all day, sidelines teeming with spectators, and cooperative weather, it was simply a great day for the Triad’s largest charity lacrosse event.
Best of all, the Triad lacrosse community stepped up once again, donating 6,426 lbs — over 3.2 tons — of non-perishable food for distribution through the Greensboro Urban Ministry. This total breaks last year’s record of 2.6 tons and marks the third straight year of breaking the previous year’s record. The event is expected also to donate over $8,000 to local charities.
Fifty-two different high schools were represented in this year’s Games, and the Adult division featured current and former professional and college players. The East Great Falls adult team played with D1 proficiency, and their game with the 6M Lacrosse team was the highlight contest of the adult division. The Asheville Lacrosse Club also played extremely well in the adult division.
Dr. Gifty Chung, owner and director of Kernersville’s Forest Trail Academy — the area’s newest lacrosse program — conducted the honorary faceoff. East Forsyth HS and the Alamance War Dogs were recognized on Saturday for their sixth consecutive appearance in the Hunger Games. Coach Hugh Fiery was recognized for developing the concept for this charity event and for his tireless devotion to the event since its inception. Heidi Pratt and her husband Scott (Hard Pressed Designs) and their daughters Julia and Anna also received a Hunger Games Award for their work in putting together and promoting the event.
While donated food and revenues — all of which are donated by the Blackhawks to those in need — are still being counted, this was unquestionably the largest of the Blackhawks’ fall charity events in the six years they have taken place.
Southwest Guilford’s Black team won the trophy in the fiercely-competitive high school division for most food donated. The Laxin’ Martians, Village Vipers, and K-Vegas Kats won honorable mention. The Prospectors took home honors for most food donated in the Adult Division, with the Gray Eagles a close second.
The event simply would not have happened without our sponsors and dedicated core of
volunteers. Most of all, the success of the event in giving back to the community was ensured by the over 400 lacrosse players and probably double that in spectators came out to support the cause.