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Warrior 2 Warrior Service Project at Semifinals

Editors Note: Donations were taken at the games at Park City at Juan Diego last night and will be taken at the games at Juan Diego tonight. Thanks to Laurie Maddox submitting this story.
The Warrior 2 Warrior project is a new service venture impacting the lacrosse community here in Utah. Tommy Maddox, President of the Juan Diego Catholic High School Patriot Club and varsity lacrosse player, and his mother Laurie, helped create the Warrior 2 Warrior project. As a junior, Tommy’s school of choice right now is West Point and he wants to join the armed services. His brother is currently a deployed marine so this project is particularly close to Tommy.
The project has begun as a fundraiser by collecting money from raffles and also splitting entry fees for the semifinal D1 and D2 lacrosse games. With the participation of the Juan Diego Patriot Club, Juan Diego lacrosse team, fellow students, the Park City lacrosse team, in partnership with the American Legion, the Utah Department of Veteran Affairs and multiple sponsors, all funds raised will be donated to assist local veterans in need and also active military.
This is an effort mainly created and driven by local high school students, mostly lacrosse players. Their goal doesn’t just stop at fundraising, however. The project will continue to assist local veterans with lawn care and snow removal, or teaching how to be more proficient with new technologies. Students and volunteers will also be cleaning the Veteran’s Memorial at Sandy City Cemetery and planting flags on veterans’ graves on Memorial Day.
“There are a lot of warrior references in lacrosse since it originated among the northeastern Indian tribes of North America as a way of settling disputes,” said Tommy. “This effort honors the game by honoring the true warriors of our nation now.” He also acknowledges local sponsors for donating goods for the semi-final raffles or by participating. Those include Westminster College Men’s Lacrosse, Lightning Lacrosse Camps, Native Lacrosse Camps, Tribal West Lacrosse and the U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Station Sandy.
It is amazing how many young men in the lacrosse community are making a difference in their community. I hope as you attend these games you donate what you can and congratulate the Juan Diego and Park City lacrosse players on a great service project.

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