PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- For the second straight year the Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team will take part in the Lax-4-Life suicide prevention campaign. Lax-4-Life is a national campaign across all levels of lacrosse to provide and support programs geared toward adolescent and young adult suicide prevention awareness.
The Division II Storm's first home game on Tuesday, April 5, against Slippery Rock University, will be part of the initiative. First draw for that match will be at 7 p.m. at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville.
The Lax-4-Life initiative was originated two years ago in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference to raise support for teen suicide awareness and prevention. This year it has grown to include schools from all three NCAA divisions and more than 60 NCAA women's lacrosse programs will participate.
Lake Erie has once again purchased special t-shirts to wear during the pregame warm-ups. Both Slippery Rock and the Storm will wear their shirts before Tuesday's game while coaches from both teams will wear the shirts throughout the contest.
Fans can contribute to the cause by donating at the game to the Allyson Rose Green Memorial Foundation, which was created to honor the memory of Allyson Green, who lost her life to a suicide at the age of 15. Green, a high school lacrosse player, was the younger sister of former West Chester University goalie Mary Beth Green.
Over the past two seasons, Lax-4-Life has contributed more than $17,000 to the Allyson Green Foundation and, according to Lax-4-Life officials, the amount of money raised to date in 2011 alone already exceeds that figure.
Donation bins will be set up on-site for fans to contribute.
Additional information on the Allyson Green Foundation can be found here.