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Helping one of our own ...
by posted 01/19/2018

Dear Make-A-Wish Lacrosse Community –

Today we are asking you to help one of our own….

Mikey Schneider is 11-years old and plays on the 2024 MAWLAX Team.  He spent last summer playing lacrosse and raising money for Make-A-Wish.  People who know him will tell you that he is one of the most fun-loving, goofy, polite, caring, smart, athletic and tough kids that they know. 

Mikey was recently diagnosed with Metastatic Neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system growing in his adrenal gland.  The cancer has metastasized throughout his body and will be difficult to treat.

Mikey will fight.  He is the true definition of a fighter.  He will fight and he will beat this.  Mikey is blessed with an amazing family support system that will help him get through this awful disease. They are going to dive into this fight head-first, and they will beat it together.

No child should have to deal with cancer. No family should have to pay a dime because of this awful disease while watching their loved one suffer. There will be co-pays, co-insurance, and other costs for the next year and a half to two year treatment and hospitalization. This GoFundMe page has been set up for those who would like to financially contribute to his fight:

The hope is this page rises to a level that will allow the Schneiders to solely focus on Mikey's road ahead.

Thank you….

The Lacrosse For Wishes

Board of Directors


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Lacrosse for Wishes Merchandise
by posted 12/11/2017

Here is the direct link to the web page: Lacrosse for Wishes Logowear. Merchandise can be picked up at the ASF store in Westport OR you may have it shipped directly to your home by selecting the $10 flat rate in the product section.

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Lacrosse For Wishes 2018 Program Overview
by posted 10/23/2017

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Winner of the 2015 Youth Engagement Award.
by posted 11/03/2015




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   Contact: Michael Dominick

October 28th 2015                                                                                                                              203.880.6964 (o)

                                                                                                                                                          215.272.5032 (c)




Make-A-Wish Connecticut awarded with Youth Engagement Innovation Award at annual national conference for “Lacrosse for Wishes” program



(Trumbull, CT)

The Connecticut chapter of Make-A-Wish was recently awarded with the Youth Engagement Innovation Award at the Foundation’s annual national conference, which took place in Anaheim California in mid-October. The award is intended to honor a chapter who engages young people in their fundraising, marketing or wish granting initiatives. The engagement program includes well-developed strategies that support wish granting enhancements or creative fundraising efforts. These activities could include anything from establishing a youth advisory council or alumni group to participating in a wish send-off party to creatively including kids in fundraising activities.


Make-A-Wish Connecticut’s “Lacrosse for Wishes” program was established 4 years ago in Fairfield County when Bill Giugno, Lacrosse enthusiast and local business owner, had a vision. He had an idea to bring Lacrosse kids from various towns together with a fundraising model to integrate fundraising and the game of Lacrosse, all with one common goal of making wishes come true. Local coaches were approached with the new idea of creating the new youth summer Lacrosse team that would participate in a number of summer tournaments.  However, instead of the young athletes paying to play in the competitions, they would approach the tournaments and share their mission – to raise money for Make-A-Wish Connecticut, and to represent the organization both on and off the field.


The young athletes got fully behind the effort, not only reaching out to friends, family and neighbors for donations, but by creating engagement opportunities like car washes, bake sales and even dinner events at their family homes. While each child was required to raise $500, the average contribution per player was a staggering $1,200 across the summer season. Year 1 of Lacrosse For Wishes resulted in a $30,000 donation to Make-A-Wish Connecticut. Year 2 would double in size, to two teams including 44 young men from one team of 20 the year before, and the 2013 Lacrosse For Wishes campaign raised over $50,000. In 2014, 6 teams were formed with over 130 athletes, participating in more tournaments than ever before, and a Girls’ Lacrosse For Wishes team was added to the program as well. The year would be a monumental one, with over $100,000 raised for Make-A-Wish Connecticut. This past year, during the summer of 2015, Lacrosse For Wishes would reach new heights yet again. 7 Boys’ Teams and 1 Girls’ Team would form with over 160 athletes competing in at least 3 tournaments each, and raising over $110,000 for Make-A-Wish Connecticut. In just 4 years, these young men and women in Connecticut donated almost $300,000 to make wishes come true for kids their own age.


Each player had come from their own town or school teams, competing against one another during the academic year, and bonded together for the summer to become a part of something life-changing. They learned the value of community service and volunteerism. They developed essential leadership skills and experienced the meaning of being passionate for a purposeful mission. Finally, they were educated on money management, developed presentation skills, and become entrepreneurs.


“It is incredible to part of something that, year after year, has engaged more and more youth from our communities across Connecticut,” stated Kim Smith, Development Director for Make-A-Wish Connecticut. “The participants are doing something they love most…playing Lacrosse…and at the same time making a difference in the life of a child when they need it most.  Kids helping kids through Lacrosse For Wishes has had a tremendous impact on the families involved and has created a contagious growth in the program.  It is a true joy to share with the players the wishes that are coming true because of their awesome support season after season.”


Make-A-Wish Connecticut is proud of the players and coaches that over the course of four years have built the Lacrosse For Wishes program into one of national recognition within the organization. It has granted more than 30 wishes and has grown into a model platform that will not only sustain but will continue to thrive and reach new levels in the years to come.



About Make-A-Wish® Connecticut

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Connecticut grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  Wish-come-true experiences can do wonders by providing a much-needed break from lengthy hospital stays and medical treatments. They give back to a child what a serious medical condition can take away—the chance to simply enjoy being a kid. Wish kids choose something that will inspire happiness and will allow them to spend precious time with their families. The Connecticut chapter has made over 2,700 wishes come true since its inception in 1986. Learn more about Connecticut wishes at, or join Make-A-Wish on Facebook (search Make-A-Wish Connecticut), Twitter and Instagram (@MakeAWishCT).





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Great Media Coverage
by posted 07/14/2014

Here are some links to media coverage from over the weekend at the Bulldog Bash that can be used in player thank you's or just as an FYI to family and donors:



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Lisa Binkley - Mother of Aiden - Thanks the Boys
by posted 06/29/2014

We had the great surprise of running into a parent of a Wish kid at our tournament, Lisa Binkley.  If there was any doubt what you and your kids are doing does not have an impact - please watch the attached link.

Thanks to Steve Kline for a great job editing.

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by posted 06/01/2014

Players from four different MAW teams raising funds and awareness in Monroe

The Monroe Make A Wish contingent was out 'en force' yesterday (Saturday, May 31st), stylin' under one of our new Make A Wish sun tents helping to make more Wishes come true.

Nice job, boys.

See you on the field!

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Jack Wellman - Sports Illustrated's Sportskid of the YEAR!!!
by posted 12/06/2013

It is with great pride and excitement that we can share with you that one of our own, Jack Wellman, son of Andy and Caren and brother of Luke - has been named Sports Illustrated's Kid's Magazine Sportskid of the Year.

This is an incredible honor and well deserved.

As you will find out, Jack is an extraordinary young man who is teaching and inspiring kids through sports.

Congrats to Jack and the Wellman family.

You can find the article here:

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