Wings to raise money for HEADstrong during ‘Bark in the Bowl’ game, plus links

The Philadelphia Wings raised money for HEADstrong in 2011 by auctioning off green jerseys. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
The Philadelphia Wings raised money for HEADstrong in 2011 by auctioning off green jerseys. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

If you’re planning to attend Sunday’s National Lacrosse League game between the Colorado Mammoth and the Philadelphia Wings in Philadelphia, bring your dog. And your heart. The Wings will be sporting lime green gloves in support of the HEADstrong Foundation to raise funds for cancer research. The gloves, which will be autographed, will be part of an on-line auction that runs from March 24 through March 3. “This organization is helping to change the game for so many families across the country whose lives have been turned upside down by blood cancer,” Wings players Kevin Buchanan and CJ Costabile told the team’s website. “As a team we are honored to represent (former Hofstra player) Nick Colleluori on the field.” A portion of the ticket sales for the game also will be donated for fans who purchase tickets through the Wings website using the promotional code “HEADSTRONG.” Sunday’s game also is the team’s second annual Bark in the Bowl game.

A game ticket for any seat that’s purchased for Sunday gives dogs and their owners access to an upper level section for the dogs, where they can cheer on the Wings together with other dogs and their owners. Dogs will receive treats, dehydration stations, dog relief areas and owners can also visit vendors from dog organizations around the country.

Find out more information at the Wings’ website.

plus the links

Before Saturday’s game in Rochester, Buffalo Bandits play-by-play man John Gurtler wondered how the team would respond to a bad loss the week prior. And he got his answer before the game even started as he mingled with Bandits players during warmups. “This is the uniqueness about this team. They knew exactly what they had to do in the game ahead and they were going to have fun doing it.” (Bandits.com) … Philadelphia Wings captain Brodie Merrill is passionate when it comes to eating well, and is eager to share how the right balance of healthy food and exercise has helped his game. “The challenge is, our society doesn’t make it easy to eat well. Turn on any sporting event and what do we typically see during commercial breaks? Mostly beer and fast food advertisements, in many cases endorsed by prominent athletes,” he writes in a blog for Philly.com. (Philly.com) … The Rochester Knighthawks held the Buffalo Bandits to 10 goals, and lost. That means their focus is on the front end for Saturday’s game against the Wings, but they understand the changes needed there are not drastic. “We don’t have to change a lot, we just have to execute better,” said transition man Joe Walters. (Knighthawks.net) … The Washington Stealth knew what the Edmonton Rush would bring last weekend, but the Stealth say they fell right into the trap and that was why they lost Friday’s game. “We knew exactly what was coming and we let it happen to us. We got behind the eight ball early.  We just let them smother us right away,” coach Chris Hall said. (StealthLax.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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