Monday, June 25, 2007

Feel Good Story of the Day

Monday, June 25, 2007
Lacrosse gift lifts team spirit
After a player's death, Patterson squad sees AT&T gear donation as a 'ray of light'

By Alia Malik
Sun Reporter
Originally published June 25, 2007, 8:13 PM EDT

Never mind that they only had four returning players and finished with a losing record. When members of the Patterson High School lacrosse team talk about their difficult spring, it always comes back to the mid season death of their captain, senior Christopher Clarke.

Clarke was fatally shot after practice March 13, an innocent bystander in a street shooting near his home in the Belair-Edison neighborhood.

Patterson Principal Laura Lee D'Anna, lacrosse coach Jonathan Kehl and three of Clarke's former teammates remembered him Monday as they accepted dozens of new and barely-used lacrosse sticks and pieces of protective gear donated to the school by AT&T.

"This is just such a catharsis after coming off of the grief we suffered," D'Anna said. "This means so much to them. It's a new beginning." The communications corporation collected public donations during the NCAA lacrosse championship, held at M&T Bank Stadium over Memorial Day weekend. The company, which sponsored the championship, also threw in its own equipment, which had been used only for exhibitions and demonstrations during the tournament. (click here for full story)


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