by Mike Tuberosa
March 19, 2014, Philadelphia, Pa. (ISN) – The Drexel men’s lacrosse team will host Hofstra on March 22 at 4 p.m. in not only a CAA game, but in the Inaugural HEADstrong Hero Bowl, a new collegiate men’s lacrosse event helping to promote blood cancer awareness and advance the mission of the HEADstrong Foundation™.
Beginning this year, the HEADstrong Hero Bowl will be held annually between both teams. The event will pay homage to cancer survivors and serve as a tribute to those who have lost their battle against the diseases. The uniqueness surrounding this event is that it will follow the regular season CAA schedule, providing an opportunity for service and volunteerism for students on both campuses.
Aside from a major CAA conference win, the victor of the Hero Bowl will be presented with a custom-made, three-tiered lime and royal blue trophy with a silver cup on top. The trophy will be proudly displayed for the year in the athletic office of the winning school. Both teams will help raise blood cancer awareness by wearing HEADstrong’s lime green shoelaces and crew socks.
The goals will also be strung with HEADstrong’s lime green nets. Warrior Sports, who is a proud supporter of the HEADstrong Foundation and the official team equipment and uniform supplier of Hofstra and Drexel University, will outfit members from both teams with the latest from their Relentless27 collection, inspired by Nicholas Colleluori’s fight and supporting the Foundation. During the game, HEADstrong plans to recognize survivors who are helping to advocate the mission.
Tickets can be purchased at a discounted price in advance at www.DrexelTickets.com or by calling 866-4-DREXEL. Tickets are $7 in advance for adults, $10 at the door. Youth tickets (12 and under) are $3.
Over the years, both Hofstra and Drexel University have been closely involved with HEADstrong Foundation™. Founder, Nicholas Colleluori was a beloved member of the Hofstra Pride men’s lacrosse team before and during his cancer diagnosis, and the program has continued to support several of the organization’s events and campaigns since the Foundation’s inception. In 2006, shortly after Colleluori’s diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the Drexel Dragons became the first collegiate men’s lacrosse team to wear HEADstrong’s iconic lime green shoelaces during a televised game against the University of Virginia, which helped the organization gain national interest.