Calgary’s Mike Carnegie kicks off annual campaign for Burma, plus the links

Calgary defenseman Mike Carnegie is raising funds, and awareness, for the people of Burma. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Calgary defenseman Mike Carnegie is raising funds, and awareness, for the people of Burma. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

It’s not that we lose perspective. We just lose focus from time to time. And then there are guys like Mike Carnegie to bring it back for us. As a defensemen with the high-flying Calgary Roughnecks, Carnegie knows all about being part of a team. But when it comes to life outside of lacrosse, he’s a champion there as well. His work for the people of Burma has been documented well, but can this ever be emphasized too much? It’s one thing to click “like” on a Facebook page or sign an on-line petition. How many of us can say we’ve donated $30,000 to help people half a world away? As is the case with Carnegie, this story is not about him. It’s about helping and that’s why Saturday’s home game against the Edmonton Rush serves as the kickoff for the third annual Mike Carnegie Burma Campaign.

“I’ve been involved with the charity for over three years now and I’ve seen the difference Partners is making in these families’ lives. In the last year, more than 200,000 men, women and children were displaced from their homes due to ongoing conflicts and are in desperate need of the assistance that Partners Relief and Development Canada is providing,” Carnegie told the Calgary Roughnecks website.

Carnegie also talked with The Calgary Herald about the work he and his wife, Hayley, are doing.

“I’ve just helped with Partners in assisting them with some money to do refugee work, to build schools, to set up medical clinics, to assist with training, with animals and crops, all kinds of sustainable stuff,” he told The Herald.

It’s a country that’s torn apart by violence, much of it from a government against its own people. And while Carnegie and his wife are doing what they can, the Roughnecks are on board as well. The team has sponsored 50/50 raffles during games and helps Partners run a silent auction through a portion of select ticket proceeds.

To learn more about the project, and how you can help, go to Partnersworld.ca or go to the Calgary Roughnecks website.

plus the links

Richard Morgan is tall. He knows this, and so does just about everyone else in the NLL. And while he’s plying his trade this season with the Colorado Mammoth in his 10th pro season, the 6-foot-8 Morgan still can’t get over the fact that he’s getting paid to play lacrosse. “Did I ever think in high school that I might be in pro lacrosse one day? Never crossed my mind,” he said. (The Province) … Why do Minnesota Swarm teammates listen to defenseman Jeff Gilbert? At 29, he’s the elder statesman of the team and on top of that, he’s the only one to win an NLL title. “I really don’t even think about it, I just do what I do and younger players take notice. That’s what I did earlier in my career and it’s kind of nice to switch roles, so to speak.” (MNSwarm.com) … So what kind of teammate is Scott Campbell in Rochester? “I’m not really a prankster. I’m more of a one-liner guy in the awkward moments. Sometimes it doesn’t make me real popular with the team, but if I see an opening to make someone feel awkward I take it.” (Knighthawks.net) … The Knighthawks are 1-3 with a game today in Philadelphia and Saturday in Buffalo. You do the math. “Hopefully this is a good way for us to get back to .500. I think that’s the way we’re looking at it,” goalie Matt Vinc said. (Knighthawks.net) … The Buffalo Bandits are celebrating Native American Night when the Knighthawks come to town, and the team announced that Caitlin Snyder, of the Seneca Nation Wolf Clan, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship that will be presented to her during Saturday’s game. (Bandits.com) …  It’s been a long road back to the floor for Buffalo defenseman Billy Dee Smith, who tore his ACL in 2010, but he’s back and is feeling 100%, he said. “There was a ton of frustration. I’m not very good with patience. I rehabbed really well, which was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through. I just kept plugging along and I knew it was just a matter of time.” (Bandits.com).

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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