The cause outweighs the talent at the Checking For Cancer tournament

The cause outweighs the talent at the Checking For Cancer tournament

The cause outweighs the talent at the Checking For Cancer tournament

The cause outweighs the talent at the Checking For Cancer tournament

Twelve boys’ and four girls’ high school lacrosse teams, including seven boys POWERADE FAB 50 teams will gather in Pennsylvania on April 16 for one of the best high school lacrosse tournaments in the nation.

But surpassing the on-field talent is the reason they are playing.

The Checking For Cancer tournament enters its third year and is held at The Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) and aims to raise awareness and educate about colorectal, prostate and testicular cancer.

Last year the tournament raised $24,000 for charity.

The Checking For Cancer tournament was founded after college teammates John Nostrant (Haverford head coach) and Kevin Giblin (Georgetown Prep head coach) were both diagnosed with cancer within months of each other.

Nostrant was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007, while Giblin has received treatment for colorectal cancer.

Both coaches have successfully fought off their diseases and now hope to make others more aware of cancer risks.

“The tournament provides us a great venue to bring people to our campus to watch great games, and hopefully while they are here, they will spend a just little time at the information tents to learn how to protect themselves,” Nostrant said in a previous interview with ESPN RISE. “Any family who has been affected by cancer will tell you early detection is critical.”

According to a press release from the event, the key to a positive prognosis is screening and early detection. The goal of the tournament is to raise a greater awareness that will lead to an appreciation of the importance of screening and a heightened vigilance in the battle against these curable diseases.

Proceeds from the 2010 Invitational were donated locally to Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson (jeffersonhospital.org/cancer), Abramson Cancer at the University of Pennsylvania (penncancer.org) and The Great Guys Group, a suburban Philadelphia based organization dedicated to providing financial support to families hit with the expense of caring for sick family member (greatguys.org).

This year’s tournament features Chatham (Chatham, N.J.), Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.), Darien (Darien, Conn.), Delbarton (Morristown, N.J.), Downingtown East (Exton, Pa.), Fairfield Prep (Fairfield, Conn.), Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.), Greenwich (Greenwich, Conn.), LaSalle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.), Radnor (Radnor, Pa.), Wilton (Wilton, Conn.), and The Haverford School.

For the first time in the tournaments three years, four local girls’ lacrosse programs will participate – Agnes Irwin (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), Baldwin (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), Friends Central (Wynnewood, Pa.) and Germantown Friends (Philadelphia, Pa.).

Tournament Schedule

Boys

11:00 a.m. No. 1 Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) vs No. 4 Darien (Darien, Conn.)

11:00 a.m. Radnor (Radnor, Pa.) vs Downingtown East (Exton, Pa.)

1 p.m. No. 11 Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) vs No. 21 Delbarton (Morristown, N.J.)

1 p.m. No. 2 Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.) vs Greenwich (Greenwich, Conn.)

3 p.m. No. 48 LaSalle (Wyndmoor, Pa.) vs No. 26 Wilton (Wilton, Conn.)

3 p.m. Chatham (Chatham, N.J.) vs Fairfield Prep (Fairfield, Conn.)

Girls

9 a.m. Baldwin (Pittsburgh, Pa.) vs. Friends' Central (Wynnewood, Pa.)

12:30 p.m. Agnes Irwin (Rosemont, Pa.) vs. Germantown Friends (Philadelphia, Pa.)

For more information on the tournament and to make a donation, visit checkingforcancer.org.

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great charity for a great cause
 
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