Sticks for Soldiers set for this weekend

Sergeant First Class Mark Holbert and United States Marine Corps Sergeant Aaron Alonso have been named the honorees and beneficiaries for this years’ 9th annual Sticks For Soldiers Thanksgiving Charity Lacrosse Tournament, which will be hosted by the Fairfield Ludlowe High School boy’s lacrosse program on Saturday, Nov. 29.

SFC Holbert and Sergeant Alonso both sustained life-changing injuries from separate incidents abroad in August, 2010 and February, 2014, respectively.

Sticks for Soldiers is a non-profit charity with its mission to raise money to support future needs of severely- wounded soldiers, and promote youth awareness of military service through this state-wide event.

In eight years, the tournament, which is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, has raised more than $330,000 through team entry fees, silent auction, merchandise, and corporate and private donations.

This year, more than 900 high school athletes from 64 boys and girls teams are expected to participate. They will play more than 125 games during the one–day event starting at 9 a.m.

Game officials from around the state will donate their time, as will many volunteers from Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

Tournament details

The tournament is at maximum capacity. Team sign-in begins at 8 a.m. with first games at 9. There will be a mid-day ceremony complete with a military honor guard to introduce and recognize the honorees. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Donations will be accepted. Commemorative T-shirts will be on sale.