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Dear Charlie and fellow members of the NCLOA,

I am very sorry to bother all of you with this. However, I just felt the need to do something and try and lend a hand.

This past Friday, on March 18, 2016, one of my current students and former lacrosse player at Copiague High School was tragically shot and killed by his friend. Supposedly the death was deemed an accident. Charlie, as you know, I was a Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Copiague High School for 13 years and I still currently teach there. The community is multi-cultural and the lacrosse players there do not have the backing and support as most high school players across Long Island. The boy`s mother was a single mother and he was her only child. She would come and visit me every Parent/Teacher Night to make sure her young boy was doing the "right thing."

Unfortunately, the mother does not have enough money to bury her son and a "go fund me" page was developed to help her pay for the funeral services.

Any help the Association can do or if any of you would like to donate even just a little, it would be much appreciated in the small town of Copiague.

Please even just click on the following page and see him and his mom. https://dm2.gofund.me/xbv9bkwk

Thanks guys, and remember to hug your loved ones today. Life is too short!

Best,
Kenny Berry
Proud member of the NCLOA
Thank you MacArthur Lacrosse for your generous donation!!
Thank you to....

Chris Reynolds and the Cold Spring Harbor Lacrosse Club.
Michael Brennan and the Blatant Lacrosse Organization.
Erik Krisch and Family of Igloo
Lenny Nichtern and Family of Massapequa HS and 91 Blaze
Tom Reynolds...Nassau lax official and East Meadow teacher
Charlie Boyle... Nassau lax official
Russ Conti.... Nassau lax official
Rich McGrath... Nassau lax official
C Alexander
Marc Hepworth

The lacrosse world truly is a small tight family when things get tough!
Thank you to Coach Tom McCandless and his Lindenhurst Lacrosse program.
Also thank you to the Lindenhurst Youth Lacrosse Program
Thank you to...

S.C.L.O.A. Suffolk County Lacrosse Officials Association
Thank you Angelo DeLuca, Farmingdale Lacrosse.
Thank you to Rich Nessim and the Jesters organization and also thank you to Mike Farone and the Franklin Square Youth Lacrosse Program.

The Lacrosse Community coming together!!!!
Thank you to Pat Brennan and the LI Outlaws for his generous donation.

The mother of this young man cannot get over how the lacrosse community has come together in such a short period of time. She is truly grateful. When I say this, I cannot stress how sweet this lady is.

Thank you to everyone who is helping out.....

Thanks Job Kenny Berry for passing this along-the lacrosse community always comes through when needed.
Thank you to....

Robert Zabbia of Half Hollow Hills Lacrosse Program and of 91 Ambush!

Denyce McMinn of the High Voltage Lacrosse Program and their families!
Thank you Ray O'Connor of Manhassett Lacrosse!
Thank you to James Lang of the West Islip Youth Lacrosse Club!

Thank you to Coach Moltisanti and the Smithtown West Varsity Boys Lacrosse Team!!

Thank you to the Islip Youth Lacrosse Program!

Thank you to the AWESOME NCLOA.... Nassau County Lacrosse Officials Association!

Thank you to Bob Rule.

Thank you to George Bruscia, Ralph Shelley both lacrosse officials.
Thank you to Pat Swift!

And thank you to Back of the Cage and Larry LarryMiller for helping promote this great fundraiser.
Thank you to Erin Vaughan Ware and the MacArthur Girl's Lacrosse team!
Originally Posted by Anonymous
And thank you to Back of the Cage and Larry LarryMiller for helping promote this great fundraiser.


How is the mom? I hope she has family holding her up.

It was very kind of you to help her.
The mom is being strong. She is getting much support at the moment but I'm sure it's going to be real tough when things settle and she is in the house alone.

Thank you Larry and your help is much appreciated!
Originally Posted by Anonymous
The mom is being strong. She is getting much support at the moment but I'm sure it's going to be real tough when things settle and she is in the house alone.

Thank you Larry and your help is much appreciated!


I can't even imagine her pain. With friends like you and all oh these people coming together at least she can properly bury her only child.
A big thank you to Back of the Cage and Coach Berry for doing this. It shows that the people on this forum are much more than a bunch of people trying to push their agenda and their kid's teams, but a caring group of Lax families who pull together to help each other out.
Definitely puts life into perspective... Life is more than just bragging or critiquing or criticizing each other's YOUTH lacrosse travel teams on a hot summer afternoon. When we're under our team tents, we should take a moment and just be thankful for everything you have and not worry about getting a scholarship to Duke. With the amount of money we pay in travel lacrosse and all the extra trainings, we could have just paid the tuition at Duke anyway!
Cheers to all the people who helped this poor Copiague mom!
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