UMass Minutemen Renew Support Of Vs. Cancer Foundation

UMass men’s lacrosse begins second annual fundraiser to raise donations for fight against pediatric cancer

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse program is fundraising for the Vs. Cancer Foundation in tandem with its fall ball schedule for the second consecutive season. The proceeds will be split evenly to benefit national childhood cancer research and to help kids directly through local children’s hospitals.

“Vs. Cancer gives us an opportunity to help young people in their battle with cancer,” head coach Greg Cannella said. “So many of us have known people close to us that have fought this terrible disease.”

The University of Massachusetts’ involvement is part of the 2014-15 Lacrosse Vs. Cancer initiative, which has a goal of raising $100,000 through the combined efforts of collegiate programs from across the country.

“We all realize how fortunate we are to be at a great university and to play a sport we love,” Canella continued. “These days leading up to, and the event itself, remind us it is better to give than to receive and these kids not only need our emotional support, but financial as well. This year we have joined with the Rutgers University lacrosse program to raise funds for pediatric cancer before, during and after our fall scrimmage with the Scarlet Knights on Saturday, October 11th, here on the UMass campus at McGuirk Stadium.”

Last fall, the Minutemen exceeded their goal of raising $5,000 while eight members of the 2013-14 squad shaved their heads in solidarity with those battling cancer. Contact assistant coach Craig McDonald via email at for more information on ways to donate and support the Vs. Cancer Foundation.