Lacrosse players hope to grant wishes for children
Youth from the area are taking part in the Lax for Wishes team — a group of 40 10- and 11-year-old lacrosse players who play the game and raise money for the Connecticut Make A Wish Foundation.
This program is in its second year and has grown from one team to two teams. Through their fundraising, the team was able to grant four wishes.
Matt Brennan’s son Casey took part in the program this past year.
“This year it is my son Reilly’s turn to learn a valuable lesson, helping others who are not as fortunate as ourselves and are faced with adversity at too young of an age,” said the Shelton resident. “Last year my son Casey was on the first ever Lax for Wishes team in the United States.”
This year the program is expanding as U.S. Lacrosse is using Lax for Wishes as a model for its youth programs across the country. Their goal last year was to raise $8,500, which is the average cost to grant one wish for a sick child. By the time they were done, they raised $35,000 and were about to grant four wishes instead of one, said Brennan in an email with the Shelton Herald.