12-hour lacrosse game at The Q Centre in Colwood to battle cancer

Tight communities become even tighter when coming together for a cause

The four Capital Region minor lacrosse associations are trying to stick it to cancer.

On Saturday, April 11 at The Q Centre in Colwood, players from the four organizations will join forces to host a 12-hour game of lacrosse as a fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation.

Lax-4-Life will see players of all ages and backgrounds – young and old, male and female – “compete” in one game of lacrosse spanning 12 hours.

“We saw this work really well in Delta and then they put out a challenge to other associations in B.C.,” says Vancouver Island Minor Lacrosse Commission chair Brian Corbett. “We answered their challenge and are looking to build on their success and raise funds and awareness for an important cause.”

Corbett says the the event will hinge on the Peninsula, Saanich, Victoria-Esquimalt and Juan de Fuca associations working together to make it a success.

“The co-operation between minor box lacrosse organizations (here) is a testament to the bigger lacrosse family,” he says. “We look out for each other.”

The local associations have already proven they can work together to make things happen. Recently an all-female division was formed, with teams in various age groups stocked with players from all over the region. Each team will come under the wing of one association, but games and practices will rotate between facilities around the region.

According to volunteer organizer and local lacrosse fixture Andy Wilson, the galvanization of the local lacrosse community around the recent death of Chris Hall, who spent 19 years with the Victoria Shamrocks organization – nine as a player and 10 as coach – is what will make it a success. Hall died in December after a losing battle with throat cancer, just months after being inducted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.

“He was the embodiment of lacrosse in Victoria for a lot of people,” Wilson says. “When you lose someone like that, it really brings what was already a close community even closer. People say there’s only two degrees of separation between people in the Victoria region. Well, with Victoria lacrosse, there’s only one degree.”

Players can register for the game for a $20 fee, 100 per cent of which will go to the B.C. Cancer Foundation. They are also being asked to approach neighbours and friends to pledge their support with additional donations to help the cause.

“Sure, we’re raising money,” Wilson says, “but the fun part is that players of all ages will be out there on the floor, where their lacrosse idols play, enjoying the sport together as a community, doing something worthwhile.”

For more information on the game, contact Corbett by email at briancorbettvimlc@gmail.com or find the event on Facebook by searching “Lax-4-Life.” You can also get more information at the West Shore Parks and Recreation office at 1767 Island Hwy., beside the Q-Centre.


Just Posted

‘Not well thought out:’ Arizona family slams B.C. speculation tax

American family spends half the year in vacation home on Vancouver Island

Good things come in small, strong, fast packages

Sierra Gillis hopes to represent Canada one day in fastball or rugby

New UVic study to track decline of insects in Metchosin

Traps will be set to catch and weigh flying insects

Edibles sidelined in proposed amendments to Cannabis Act

Health Canada says edible regulation is still more than a year away

Paralympic dream for rider with cerebral palsy

Kim Scott’s goal is to represent Canada and won’t let anything, including cerebral palsy, get in her way

Family of B.C. wildfire victim wants better emergency preparedness for vulnerable people

Williams Lake’s David Jeff “fell through the cracks”

Senate backs bill to legalize recreational marijuana

Justin Trudeau reminded senators that his government was elected on a promise to legalize pot

Lower water pressure, discolouration expected Friday in Gorge-Tillicum area

McKenzie interchange work could affect water for up to a week

Mainroad crews cleaning up after winter

Motorists warned to be on the lookout for roadside workers

The most “Victoria” way to watch baseball?

HarbourCats fans can now watch games from double-decker buses

Where Canadians buy real estate abroad: report

Hot Spots: Top 30 home-buying destinations for Canadians in the Americas

Ban on grizzly bear hunt, new rules take effect April 1

Taxidermists, tanners will have to report on any grizzly bears or parts brought to them

BREAKING: Cassie Sharpe adds world championship to Olympic gold

Mount Washington skier defends her crown in France, wins overall halfpipe title

Most Read