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Registration open for Fifteenth Annual Jay Gallagher Memorial Tournament for boys’ and girls’ youth lacrosse teams on June 16-17

Thursday, 29th December 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, Events, Girl's/Women's, Tournaments, Youth, Posted 12/29/11

The Garden City youth lacrosse program and Jay Gallagher Memorial Foundation is hosting the Fifteenth Annual Jay Gallagher Memorial Tournament on June 16-17, 2012.

The tournament raises funds and public awareness for the Andy Foundation, Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation and the Miracle Foundation. Over 120 teams from the Northeast will participate with over 4,000 players, coaches, and parents attending the event. Games will be held at St. Paul’s, Garden City Middle School and Garden City High School.

The Jay Gallagher Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving cancer awareness, improving the lives of those diagnosed with cancer, and finding a cure for the disease.

This year’s tournament will involve 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade boy’s divisions and 4th, 5th and 6th grade girl’s divisions. All games will be played between 10 AM and 4PM. Teams will play three games.

The tourney is open to team from all regions. Click here for registration form.

The registration fee is $600.00 and includes all referees fees and tee shirts for the boys and girls.

Last year’s tourney drew 120 teams and the first ever Challenger Lacrosse game in the Northeast. The program is geared to providing athletic opportunities to children with mental and physical disabilities (ages 6-21).

The tournament memorializes Jay Gallagher, Andrew Palmeri, Mollie Biggane, Ryan Kohart and Dave Leistman.

Jay Gallagher graduated from Garden City High School in 1970 where he co-captained the varsity lacrosse team. Jay was a four year defenseman at Cornell and tri-captained the “Big Red” his senior year, helping them to the NCAA semi-finals. After graduation, he acted as an assistant coach for North Carolina, Syracuse, Rutgers and Cornell from 1981-1985. His legacy is still present with the John W. “Jay” Gallagher Memorial Scholarship Fund, which goes to a needy Cornell underclassman.

Jay had a memorable association with Garden City, Cornell and the lacrosse world, and it was with much sadness that members of these groups heard of his death on January 9, 1992, at age 39 from melanoma.

Mollie Biggane died of melanoma at the age of 20. See Mollie’s Fund website. Andrew Palmeri died at the age of 11 in 2003 after being struck by a car. See Andy Foundation website here.

Ryan Kohart and David Leistman were lost in the September 11th tragedy. Ryan was a graduate of Garden City High School and a four-year letterman at North Carolina University. Ryan was the recipient of The Jay Gallagher Award, which recognizes “The Outstanding Freshman In The Carolina Lacrosse Program.”

Dave was a graduate of Sewanhaka High School and a four-year Letterman at Adelphi University. A long time village resident, Dave was active in the Garden City Rams Lacrosse program coaching both boys’ and girls’ teams. It was with great sadness that the lacrosse world and local community heard of this tragic loss of such fine individuals.

Click here for Miracle Foundation website.


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