In conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day on Monday, April 6, The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team will band together for a worthy cause and take part in The Last Shift Virtual 5K Challenge in support of the HEADStrong Foundation.
The 2020 season may have come to a halt because of the CoVID-19 pandemic, but sports teams are finding creative ways to stay together and stay in shape while spreading awareness of important causes. With that in mind, Last Shift 2020 was organized by three student-athletes - Ally Kennedy of Stony Brook, Grant Ament of Penn State and Michael Sowers of Princeton - to rally student-athletes from around the country.
On Monday, the members of the Royals women's lacrosse team will head outside or jump on treadmills and dash 5,000 meters to support HEADStrong, a non-profit organization committed to providing essential services to improve lives affected by cancer. Cancer patients are among the most susceptible to the coronavirus.
The HEADStrong Foundation was founded by Nicholas "HEAD" Colleluori to relentlessly improve the quality of life for those affected by cancer. Colleuori, who was a men's lacrosse student-athlete at Hofstra, passed away in November of 2006 after a nearly 14-month long battle with Diffuse Large B-Cell non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
National Student-Athlete Day, meanwhile, was created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academic and Sports (NCAS) and is celebrated annually on April 6th to honor both high school and college student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics, while having a most significant contribution to their schools and communities.
Fans are reminded that they can follow the Scranton Women's Lacrosse team taking part in Last Shift 2020 by following the team on Instagram @scrantonwlax. They could also follow everything pertaining to Last Shift 2020 by searching #LastShift2020 on both Twitter and Instagram for posts from around the country supporting the cause.
For more information on both Last Shift 2020 and the Headstrong Foundation, click here: https://headstrong.org/