October 2021 Newsletter
Welcome to the new school year and the 2021-2022 season of Conestoga Boys Lacrosse. We are now in full swing with the boys participating in the Cabrini Fall League. We wanted to update you on the upcoming activities and events and hope you will participate as your schedule allows. Our first big event is the Halloween Trail. Thanks for reviewing the information below, we have a lot of exciting things happening this fall and beyond.
As always, if you have any questions and/or concerns, please let us know. We are looking forward to another great season of lacrosse! Go STOGA!
FALL BALL- CABRINI
The boys will continue to participate in the fall league at Cabrini through October 17th. The schedules are on TeamSnap and please make sure to mark your son's availability.
Conestoga Boys Lacrosse Gear Store is OPEN! Order now through October 5th via LINK. There have been significant difficulties in opening the store given the global supply chain being impacted by COVID-19. The ability to acquire products and maintain inventory has created significant delays and backorders. We will do our best to open a spring merchandise store.
SEVEN SUMMITS 5K TURKEY TROT
Seven Summits sponsoring 5K Turkey Trot - Help Hope Live for Austin Beltrante - Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 25, 2021 at 8:45am at Wilson Farm Park in Chesterbrook. SIGN UP HERE!
On May 16th, 2021, 13 year old Austin’s life was forever altered by a horrific accident. While playing with friends on a local train trestle bridge, Austin’s foot accidentally touched a live wire. He was electrocuted, caught on fire, and fell 25 feet to the tracks below. He was burned over 83% of his body and has been in St. Christophers’s Children's Hospital for over 4 months.
Austin’s fight for survival combined with the prayers of his Army have allowed him to endure over 25 surgeries, multiple infections, and a continuous series of setbacks and victories. He has lost both hands and one foot providing for a very difficult road ahead.
Austin is going to face years of ongoing surgeries, skin grafting, PT/OT, counseling and many other aspects of recovery. Although no one believed he would survive 24 hours, his story has become one of hope, faith, and belief that anything is possible. For this reason, his family has partnered with Help Hope Live, a non-profit that supports community-based fundraising to help families with catastrophic injury. Donations to Help Hope LIve will help ease the financial burdens that the Beltrante family is facing. Austin’s strength has proven that the words “I CAN” and “I WILL” are the only way. He is truly a miracle! Come support AUSTIN’s ARMY on November 25th, 2021
SAVE DATE: Friday November 26th, Alumni Game to be played at Teamer Field between 12:30 to 2pm. Fundraising, Food and Fellowship to follow at Berwyn Tavern. More details to come. Alumni players can reserve a spot through Greg Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHILLY ELITE WINTER LEAGUE & TRAINING
Although it seems far off, winter training will be here before we know it. We have secured Maplezone Sports Institute in Aston on Sunday mornings 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9 and 1/16 for 2 hours of field space which will include an actual game vs an opponent.. This activity will be the coaching staff inviting players and selecting teams as needed.
We will also be offering OPTIONAL off-season training beginning in January running up to Spring Lacrosse tryouts with Nick Sita which will focus on strength and agility training. This is open to all stoga lax players 9th-12th grades.
More information will be forthcoming on the winter league and training, watch your email and TeamSnap.
This fall we are going to join forces with the Girls Lacrosse team to have a Stoga Lax Halloween Trail. The DeVuono Family has graciously offered their property for the teams to do a Halloween Trail on Saturday, October 23rd 6:00PM to 8:30PM. Please SIGN UP to volunteer as we will need players and parents help to make this a success. It is a great fundraising opportunity to raise money for the Peter Kienzle Fighting Back Scholarship Program (FBSP).
The Fighting Back Scholarship Program (FBSP) is an organization based in Malvern that assists individuals recovering from a life-changing illness or injury, and who are without the finances needed to participate in a rehabilitative exercise program. The Peter Kienzle Fund was established in honor of Peter Kienzle, husband, father and cherished member of our lacrosse community. He graduated from Conestoga High School in 1986, where he played lacrosse and football. Peter's last time on Teamer Field was the inaugural Lax Fest in 2014. The Peter Kienzle Fund annually awards four to five scholarships to individuals who are clients of the FBSP, giving these individuals the financial support necessary to continue with their rehabilitative treatment. The scholarships awarded are based on financial need, but the recipients are also individuals who have steadfastly demonstrated a commitment to overcoming the limitations caused by their injury or illness with Courage, Desire, and Perseverance. The FBSP’s clients include veterans and civilians, all of whom have remarkable stories of set-backs, goals and their own unique successes. FBSP’s success depends greatly on the support of our community.
BOOSTERS CLUB - 2021/2022
President - Jeff Merschel
Secretary - Amy Daly
Treasurer - Vince Wagner
Volunteers -. Kelli Beckstrom
Fundraising - Erin Preston & Sandy Nissenbaum
Social Media - Sam Murphy
Member - Nancy Jameison
Member - Greg Johnson
Member - Brian Detwiler
Member - Daryl Hawkins