Rival Lacrosse Teams Unite to Raise Money for Be Loud! Sophie
Contributed by Melanie Reynolds:
Friends and family of rival hometown lacrosse teams, Chapel Hill High School (CHHS) and East Chapel Hill High School (ECHHS) gathered together for the first King of the Hill Men’s Lacrosse Fundraiser and game on April 16th, benefiting the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation. The weather was a picture perfect Carolina spring evening, when old acquaintances and new friendships were made. Grilled burgers and hot dogs were sold in addition to homemade cookies, and one hundred percent of the money was donated to Be Loud!
The Be Loud! Sophie Foundation was established in memory of Sophie Steiner. In November 2012, Sophie was a freshmen at ECHHS when she was diagnosed with germ cell cancer. During her treatment at UNC Hospital, she realized she was too old to play with the dolls and Legos in the pediatric cancer unit but too young to be allowed in the adult cancer unit. Sophie had friends and family who lived minutes away, whereas other patients were many miles away from their support communities at home. Before Sophie passed away in August 2013, she expressed her strong desire to help adolescent and young adult cancer patients and their families. Sophie wanted to help young cancer patients stay true to their authentic selves while battling cancer.
The Be Loud! Sophie Foundation provides funds for integrative medicine, as well as supporting one on one psychological services to young cancer patients ages 13 to 26. Be Loud! also gives programming funds so that individual patients can pursue their interests and maintain their identity, dignity, and independence while battling an overwhelming illness.
At the end of March, the original King of the Hill fundraising goal of $5,000 was established, but the total raised came close to $6,000. Lacrosse families from both high schools sold raffle tickets and promoted online donations directly to the Foundation website. Twenty local businesses supported the efforts, including the UNC and Duke Men’s lacrosse programs. Coach Breschi and the UNC Men’s team donated a UNC Men’s lacrosse helmet and jersey, which boosted raffle ticket sales.
The teamwork exhibited between both teams during the weeks before the King of the Hill game was a wonderful example of hometown athletic rivals working together to make a positive impact in our community.
Sophie’s parents, Niklaus and Lucy Steiner and family friend, Beverley Tyndall, were special guests and participated in a short ceremony honoring Sophie’s legacy. A grand total of $5,829.30 was presented to Sophie’s parents on behalf of CHHS and ECHHS Men’s Lacrosse teams and families for the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation.
After the donation ceremony, the National Anthem was played and the starting line ups for both teams were introduced. The game was very exciting, and it showcased some of the town’s best lacrosse players. Raffle prizes were awarded to lucky winners throughout and immediately after the game. ECHHS won the game 12 - 6. At the end of the game, the ECHHS lacrosse team was awarded the King of the Hill t-shirts which were designed and donated by ArtCraft Promotional Concepts.
The King of the Hill fundraiser and game was a great example of lacrosse families working together to make a difference in the lives of adolescent and young adult cancer patients at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. By raising funds and awareness for the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation both teams accomplished the ongoing goal of keeping Sophie’s legacy alive.