While the NC State men’s club lacrosse team will play its normal fall slate of scrimmages and tournaments in preparation for the spring regular season, the club will also look to establish a new tradition in 2015: philanthropy.
In late October, the team will hold its major charity event known as Stick It to IPF to raise money and awareness for the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis foundation. The event is also considered the fraternity game, where the different fraternities on campus have the opportunity to create a team to play against one another along with the club lacrosse team.
“We ask the different fraternities to pull together a team, and then we play four contact-games against them,” said senior John Hughey, the club’s president. “There will be a raffle. We’re working on getting food and drinks for after the game, and entry is free. There will be places for donations, and we will be tabling in the Brickyard to raise awareness for the event.”
Hughey has been a member of the team for four years and is currently serving his second year as president. This will be the team’s first official philanthropy event since he joined, and he hopes to keep the tradition going for the years to come.
“I decided we should take on IPF as our philanthropy because, since it is personal to me, I knew having 40 guys behind me to help raise awareness for it would be a great way to support the foundation and to also benefit the community,” Hughey said.
The event will take place Oct. 30 at Miller Fields. Entry is free for anyone who wishes to watch and support the cause.
The NC State men’s club lacrosse team is a Division I team that plays in the North East section of the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference — a division of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association.
During the fall, the team will engage in a number of non-regular season matches against other North Carolina universities, including Wake Forest, Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill.
“We have a tournament at ECU where we play teams from all over the Northeast, and we also have an alumni game where graduates—recent and older—come back and play against us in a game,” returning midfielder Jack Sarle said.
The team practices every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for two hours at the Method Road fields, where the first game will be held Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. vs. Elon.