This past weekend at Ridley High School in Folsom, PA, over 20 men's college lacrosse programs took part in the Colleluori Classic, which raises money each year in honor of Nick Colleluori, a former Hofstra lacrosse player who passed from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2006. The Villanova Wildcats have participated in this special event for the last several years, and this year, they scrimmaged against Colgate and Hofstra. The team's performance is secondary to the main aspect of the event though, which is to remember Nick Colleluori's life and raise money and awareness for a great cause. Cheryl Colleluori, Nick's mom, commented on the weekend:
"I am almost at a loss for words after this very humbling and emotional weekend. This event captured the heart and soul of our Nick in every facet. It was an amazing tribute to him and all of those whose lives have been greatly altered as a result of the disease. We are honored to present this event annually and are really taken back by the reception and love that continues for my son and our family. We take great pride in knowing that this single event has helped raise over 1.2 million dollars for our fight since its inception. While we are exhausted from the weekend, we are revitalized at the same time. We are so proud to spearhead this effort in Nick's name and continue growing his legacy, the HEADstrong Foundation. Like everything we do, we poured our heart and soul into this event. And as I addressed the crowd both days I got chills because I saw our Nick in each of the young men that stood before us. We wish to extend our sincere appreciation to all of the teams, coaches, officials, volunteers, sponsors, supporters, honorary captains, families and spectators that made this event so successful. Your continued support will allow us to continue evolving our services, providing much needed assistance and support to people in the fight of their lives. On behalf of Nicholas Colleluori, the HEADstrong Foundation and our family thank you for honoring and remembering our Nick and all that he stood for. Thank you for helping us to get a HEAD of cancer."