Lacrosse for a good cause this Sunday at Trumbull High School.

Kids from Greenwich and all over Fairfield County will meet up at Trumbull High School on Sunday, Oct. 27, as they gear up for a season of tournaments in 2014 while helping Make-A-Wish Connecticut.

The U-11 kids will be out on the fields at 1 p.m., followed by the U-13 kids at 3. Mike Burke, President and CEO, will again be on the field to inspire kids, coaches and families alike as they prepare for their involvement with this wonderful, exciting and powerful new program at Make-A-Wish Connecticut.

Coach Bill Giugno (Monroe Lacrosse Association / Lacrosse Unlimited in Norwalk) 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 the 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.

Giugno and the volunteer coaches and parents effectively build character and leadership in each of the kids, so they are not only better lacrosse players, but compassionate citizens of our community who value the importance of helping others.

In 2012, the kids, families and coaches raised more than $35,000 and in 2013 they raised 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.

The 2014 season will be bigger than ever before. 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.

Stop on by Trumbull High School this Sunday to speak with Burke, as well as see the players and families in action as they prepare for the program next year. Tournaments will take place all around Connecticut, in New York and Pennsylvania.

Everywhere these teams travel, they bring the mission of Make-A-Wish with them and the dedication they show is inspiring. 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 and extraordinary program that we feel the community would be inspired to know more about.

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