Published by Dalton Garrett at 11:19 pm
Beginning in late October, the Purdue men’s lacrosse team joined the Lax Stache Madness campaign powered by the Headstrong Foundation in order to promote cancer awareness and raise funds for Nick’s House, a place where families affected by cancer can stay while seeking treatment.
In a collective effort, the Boilermakers reached out to family, friends, and even spread their initiative through social media, eventually breaking into the top 25 teams in the nation for fundraising and far surpassing their initial goal of $1,500. During this time, Purdue was selected to enter the tournament to compete against other college teams from around the nation, where they would compete to see who could earn the most money each week. The team outmatched Binghamton and Chestnut Hill College, but eventually fell to Brown University in the third round of the contest.
At the closing of the campaign, the Boilermakers raised $2,331 and ended up ranked 30th in the nation among other college lacrosse teams of all divisions. However, Purdue’s efforts will not end here. During their home game against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on April 13th, each player will be wearing Headstrong shoelaces and socks to raise cancer awareness and support Nick’s House. For the team, this fundraising effort has hit home. With the recent publicity of fellow Boilermaker Tyler Trent, Purdue lacrosse is looking to add to his momentum while making their own impact on campus and in the community.