The third annual Play for Parkinson's Lacrosse Series will take place this weekend, October 6-7, at Episcopal High School in Alexandria Virginia. Virginia Lacrosse, together with Princeton and Georgetown, has participated in this fundraising event every year since its inception. Joining the Cavaliers, Tigers and Hoyas this year on the men's side on Saturday will be Air Force and Towson.
The women's tournament will be on Sunday and features Duke, Northwestern, Maryland, Penn State, Florida and Towson.
The event benefits the ProjectSpark Foundation, an Arlington, VA-based organization focused on raising funds to battle Parkinson's disease.
Last year, the tournament hosted over 5,000 sun-soaked fans and raised more than $100,000 for the ProjectSpark Foundation, which was founded by former Bayhawk and Princeton lacrosse player Christian Cook and his sister, Lauren Cook, as a means to fight this devastating disease. In the fall of 2008, Christian and Lauren's mother, Diane Cook, was diagnosed with early stage Parkinson's. Diane is just one of 1.5 million Americans who currently suffer from Parkinson's - a group that is growing by more than 60,000 every year.
According to Lauren, the event "received interest from many teams to participate," and ultimately, they "wanted to put together a great roster of talented institutions to provide fans some of the best lacrosse out there."
Describing the 2011 tournament, Virginia men's coach Dom Starsia shared, "We were glad to do a small part to help a great cause - the fight against Parkinson's disease, it was really, really well-done."
The gates open at 9:00 a.m. and the first game, between Towson and Air Force, is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. The Cavaliers are expected to take on Towson at noon and Princeton at 2:00 p.m. for the double-header. I will be there on Saturday to cover the event, so keep it right here on Streaking The Lawn for your UVA lacrosse fall ball action!