HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team will participate in the Friends of Jaclyn College Lacrosse Week during its season-opening game against the University of Connecticut on Mar. 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf. Friends of Jaclyn is a non-profit organization geared towards improving the lives of children and their families affected by pediatric brain tumors. The women's lacrosse team is asking spectators to consider donations to the Friends of Jaclyn upon entry to the turf complex. Quinnipiac will also wear Friends of Jaclyn t-shirts during warm-ups with profits from purchasing the t-shirts to go directly to the organization.
The charity began in 2005, following the diagnosis of Jaclyn Murphy with medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor, the year before at just nine years old. The Northwestern women's lacrosse team adopted Jaclyn prior to the 2005 season and finished as undefeated NCAA National Champions. The Murphy family started the foundation after realizing that the support and care of the Northwestern student-athletes for their daughter had helped her recovery. As of December 2008, the Friends of Jaclyn has over 70 children adopted with more than 200 teams from 17 different sports signed on to participate.
"I am very proud of my players for deciding to participate in this event," said Head Coach Danie Caro. "It is always a positive when student-athletes get involved in activities that benefit the community outside of their campus."
To visit the organization's official Web site or to donate online, please click the above link titled "Friends Of Jaclyn".