NLL fans take lacrosse investment outside the box Minnesota Swarm fans increase the returns on investments in the Xcel Energy Center by playing the game they love. Across the National Lacrosse League fans channel their love of lacrosse to support efforts to improve their communities. The impacts reach beyond the box that simply cannot contain the passion for improving their communities while playing a game that is rooted in sharing with others.
The FANN cup tournament employs modified rules to make the game playable by non-professionals, most of whom do not resemble athletes in any sense. The annual FANN Cup tournament takes the awe inspiring play exhibited from January to May in the NLL and turns the participants’ passion for the sport into ow-inspiring play. It is one day of lacrosse encased in an NLL-style family reunion all for the benefit of a charity or two chosen by the host team.
This year’s event on July 13 in Rochester, NY, raised money to support Team TK9 in their efforts to make automatic defibrillators available at reduced costs to youth lacrosse organizations. The team is named for Tyler Kopp, a 12-year-old who died after taking a shot to the heart while playing lacrosse in 2012. Minnesota Stinger Dan Stowe coordinated the development and sales of t-shirts that allowed the team to make a $75 donation to TK9. This was in addition to team members participating in silent auctions and other fundraisers during the weekend.
FANN 2014 is being planned on the heels of the successful Rumble in Rochester. Toronto or Chicago is the likely locations for the upcoming event. The announcement of the location for is expected in the next couple of weeks.
There is no down time for the Stingers. Led by floor captain John Hilpert and administrative captain Heather McLaughlin, the 5-year-old team constantly recruits players to expand the team’s local membership. The team’s goal is to grow large enough to hold complete scrimmages during practices. Increased numbers will strengthen the Stingers’ travel contingent.
Since the first of the year, Stingers members started participating in fundraising activities for a variety of charities. This winter Stowe and David McLaughlin donned their Stingers jerseys for the Special Olympics Polar Plunged. This weekend Hilpert, Stowe and veteran Stinger ran the Mud Games in Hugo, Minn. wearing the blue and yellow. Funds from the event benefitted Childrens’ Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
The Stingers remain engaged with the charities that benefited from the 2012 FANN Cup held in Twin Cities the PawPADS program Savage, Minn. and the Lax4Life camp held annually on the Fond du Lac reservation and the University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Station in northeast Minnesota.