For the second year in a row, the Bristol Melting Pots will be participating in the annual Sticks For Soldiers Lacrosse Classic, played Thanksgiving Saturday at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
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 their service through the tournament.
The primary mission of the tournament is to provide support and give thanks to the service men and women who put their lives on the line and sacrificed for our country. A secondary objective is to create awareness among high school athletes to the sacrifices being made by people just a few years older than themselves.
Held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the players who “Give Thanks” to these servicemen and women. This year, over 850 high school athletes- both boys and girls teams- are expected to participate, representing more than 50 teams and playing over 150 games during the one–day event.
The Melting Pots will be playing against teams from the Tri State Area and perennial powerhouses from the Fairfield area.
The Melting Pots are made up of players 16 players from all three Bristol high schools: St Paul Catholic, Bristol Eastern, and Bristol Central.
Last year’s Melting Pots raised over $1,500 for the Honorees. Darren McGowan of the Melting Pots said, “We are hoping to match that amount for this heroes: U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Mark Holbert and U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Aaron Alonso. Both inspiring family men are double amputees, each having lost their legs to IED’s in Afghanistan.”
This year’s Melting Pot team will be coached by Jeff Passeck and captained by St. Paul Catholic senior Jack Sullivan.
Jack is a three sport athlete at St. Paul and was a captain of the Falcon lacrosse team last year. His brother is currently actively serving in the US Coast Guard.
For more information, go to www.sticksforsoldiers.org/#/home/4569427371