By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 2/6/12
Danny Hartman said he was not surprised to see the Long Island lacrosse community come together for a worthy cause.
“I have been playing lacrosse since like third grade and I have seen that people in the lacrosse community will do anything when asked,” he said. “Today they showed that again.”
Hartman, a junior from Bellmore John F. Kennedy High School, joined with friend and rival Mike McKee, a junior from MacArthur High, to run a benefit lacrosse tourney Sunday at Turf Island Indoor Sports in Oceanside. The event raised nearly $2,000 and hundreds of canned goods and non-perishable foods for Long Island Cares, a Hauppauge-based organization that provides food to families in need.
Approximately 200 high school lacrosse players from Long Island volunteered their time on Super Bowl Sunday to participate. All players and fans that attended were asked to donate $20 worth of food. Many brought even more.
“I was surprised how many people showed up on a Sunday; with the Super Bowl tonight,” said McKee. “People came walking through the door with boxes and boxes (of food) in their hands.
The tourney featured informal games with sides chosen by tossing sticks on one side or the other. There were no hard checks and few penalties called, only good sportsmanship and a fun time playing lacrosse, hanging out and enjoying the cause.
“Everyone just had a lot of fun,” Hartman said. “Some people brought food in push carts. One team, Copiague, came on a bus with their coach. They showed a real commitment.”
“It just kept getting better and better as the day went along,” added McKee. “The guys really got into it.”