Oct. 2, 2012
USAFA, Colo. - Continuing its efforts to stay involved with the local community, the Air Force lacrosse team held its annual clinic with the Starlight Children's Foundation this past Saturday, Sept. 29. Following the clinic, the players and children attended the Falcons' football game together, providing an extra opportunity for positive interaction.
The Starlight Children's Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries by providing entertainment, education and family activities that help them cope with the pain, fear and isolation of prolonged illness.
"We have a great relationship with the Starlight Foundation," said Air Force senior Dan Schonfeld, who helped coordinate this year's clinic. "The children that are part of the foundation [have serious illnesses], so taking them away from the overwhelming hospital/chemotherapy environment and having some fun by teaching them how to play lacrosse is a wonderful experience for them and for us."
"[The clinic] provides a way for these kids to feel `normal' again and take their focus off the negatives going on in their lives. All the guys look forward to it every year and we want to do another clinic in February before the season starts. After the day's events, the guys realize not to take things for granted and really appreciate the opportunities they have here at the Academy."