Make-A-Wish lacrosse branching out

Lacrosse players from all over Fairfield County will join up at Trumbull High fields this Sunday, Oct. 27, as they gear up for a season of Make-A-Wish tournaments in 2014.

The U-11 teams will take the field at 1 p.m., followed by U-13 teams at 3.

The 2014 season will be only bigger than ever before, as everyone involved in the Lacrosse Program embraces the joy of sharing the power of a Wish and has become one big Make-A-Wish Lacrosse family.

Tournaments will take place all around Connecticut, in New York and even Pennsylvania. Everywhere these teams travel, they bring the mission of Make-A-Wish with them.

From individual fundraising by each player to the ongoing representation of Make-A-Wish both on and off the field, the Make-A-Wish Youth Lacrosse Program is a unique program.

Make-A-Wish Connecticut President and CEO Mike Burke will be on hand to help inspire players, coaches and families alike, as they prepare for their involvement with this growing program.

Coach Bill Giugno (Monroe Lacrosse Association) began this program in the summer of 2012 with some very important objectives in mind.

He wanted to ensure that players would learn from top-notch coaches, so that everyone improved and teams would be highly competitive

Moreover, though, he wanted to offer kids and families the opportunity to help other kids and families through lacrosse, leadership, and compassion both on and off the field.

Guigno and the volunteer coaches and parents not only help form better lacrosse players, but compassionate citizens, who value the importance of helping others.

In 2012, the players, families and coaches raised more than $35,000 and in 2013 more than $50,000 to make wishes come true for kids with life-threatening medical conditions in Connecticut.

Players are asked to individually fund raise towards individual goals, with an overall effort that has turned into numerous wishes come true over the past two years.