Our Lacrosse Athletes and their Causes

Katrina Geiger © Athletes Unlimited, LLC 2021 / Credit: Xavier Dussaq
Athletes Unlimited
Jul 21, 2021

The Athletes Causes program, powered by Give Lively, will provide funding to charities of the players’ choosing equal to 50% of their season bonus and players will have the opportunity to create their own fundraising pages to support the organizations of their choice.

Here are the organizations our Lacrosse athletes are playing for during the inaugural season.

The Arc Carroll County: The Arc Carroll County is a leading organization that champions for and supports people with developmental disabilities, while cultivating relationships that enrich their community. The mission of The Arc is to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their individual pursuit of a fulfilling life.

  • Amber McKenzie

HEADstrong Foundation: Founded by the late Nicholas Colleluori, HEADstrong is relentless in improving the quality of life for those affected by cancer.

  • Allison Kennedy
  • Alyssa Parrella
  • Emily Parros
  • Kylie Ohlmiller
  • Sam Apuzzo

Morgan’s Message: ​​Morgan’s Message strives to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health within the student-athlete community and equalize the treatment of physical and mental health in athletics. They aim to expand the dialogue on mental health by normalizing conversations, empowering those who suffer in silence, and supporting those who feel alone. 

  • Lindsey Ronbeck

Alex’s Lemonade Stand: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is changing the lives of children with cancer by funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.

  • Katrina Geiger
  • Lindsey McKone

Zaching Against CancerThe Zaching Against Cancer Foundation (ZACF) improves the quality of life for cancer patients and their caregivers by providing support through direct patient services and programs, scholarships and grants.

  • Taylor Hensh
  • Kelly McPartland

CityLax: CityLax, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the lives of the students we serve through the game of lacrosse. Their goal is to help students achieve success by supporting them on and off the field. They use lacrosse to attract middle school and high school students and allow them to see a brighter future for themselves.

  • Britt Brown
  • Michelle Tumolo
  • Mollie Stevens

The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

  • Katrina Dowd

GiGi’s Playhouse: GiGi’s Playhouse aims to change the way the world views Down syndrome and to send a global message of acceptance for all. They change lives through consistent delivery of free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community, through a replicable playhouse model.

  • Kathy Rudkin

Harlem Lacrosse: Harlem Lacrosse aims to provide opportunities, relationships, and experiences that activate the skills and traits to put youth on a path to success as students, athletes, and citizens.

  • Sammy Jo Tracy
  • Marie McCool
  • Brittany Read
  • Caylee Waters
  • Grace Gabriel
  • Halle Majorana
  • Kayla Wood
  • Becca Block

Friends of Jaclyn: The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers by pairing them with local teams, clubs and community groups.

  • Sydney Pirreca
  • Shayna Pirreca
  • Haley Hicklen
  • Kady Glynn
  • Taryn Vanthof

NAACP Legal Defense Fund: Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.

  • Sarah Brown

One Love Foundation: Love is the most important thing in our lives, yet we are taught very little about it. One Love is on a mission to change that. They educate young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid abuse and learn how to love better.

  • Kristen Carr
  • Mary Kate Bonanni
  • Molly Little
  • Taylor Cummings
  • Taylor Vanthof

The Sports Bra Project: The Sports Bra Project (TSBP) increases access to sports by providing sports bras to girls & women in areas where the lack of access to this basic piece of equipment can prevent participation. By supporting female athletes needs TSBP works to increase access to sports and normalize the needs and experiences of female athletes. The Sports Bra Project (TSBP) is a US based 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to supporting access and athletes in all sports.

  • Alex Aust

End 68 Hours of Hunger: 100% volunteer non-profit providing non perishable food to students over the weekend.

  • Angie Benson
  • Dempsey Arsenault

Preston’s League: Preston’s League provides weekly wish lists for pediatric patients who need bone marrow transplants for diseases such as cancer and sickle cell anemia in order to help them during their long hospital stays.

  • Caroline Wakefield

We Fight Like Girls: In the last 2 years, Marguerite and Mikaela have fought and BEAT both ovarian and breast cancer, respectively. Although we beat our cancers, we now fight for those who lost the fight, who won the fight, those still fighting, and those who are unaware of the fight that lies ahead.

  • Cortney Fortunato

Team IMPACT: Because no child should be sidelined by sickness. Team IMPACT tackles the emotional trauma and social isolation experienced by children facing serious and chronic illnesses by matching them with a college athletic team. Through our two-year therapeutic program that complements their medical treatments, children develop relationships and skills that help them complete the full circle of healing.

  • Ella Simkins
  • Mackenzie Kent
  • Nicole Levy

Women in Sports Tech: Women in Sports Tech (WiST) is a non-profit organization driving growth opportunities for women at all stages of their careers throughout the sports tech industry, from interns to executive leadership roles.

  • Haley Warden

Argentina Lacrosse: Supporting the growth and development of lacrosse in Argentina and across Latin America.

  • Holly McGarvie Reilly

The Surfrider Foundation: The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network.

  • Izzy McMahon
  • Katie Hertsch

Play Like a Girl!®: Play Like a Girl!® leverages the skills gained from sport to propel young women into competitive, male-dominated careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

  • Katie O’Donnell

Unity House of Troy: A Rensselaer County-based human service agency that provides a wide range of services to meet the otherwise unmet needs of people in our community who are hurting and struggling.

  • Kayla Treanor

The OUT Foundation: The OUT Foundation’s mission is to remove the barriers that block LGBTQ+ individuals’ access and participation in health, wellness, and fitness to ensure their success. We are dedicated to nurturing, empowering, and celebrating LGBTQ+ bodies and minds to guarantee that our community thrives.

  • Kyra Pelton

Play 4: Play4 is building a non-profit lifestyle apparel company that will bring awareness and financial support to a range of causes that youth care about. Although the company supports a range of causes, Play4’s most important focus is on supporting youth sports organizations in underprivileged communities around the country.

  • Meg Douty

American Cancer Society: The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

  • Molly Garrett
  • Tianna Wallpher

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