3d Lacrosse Ball Helps Raise More Than $90,000 for the Sports Medicine Center at Children's Hospital Colorado
DENVER — 3d Lacrosse held its annual ‘Lacrosse Ball’ event this past weekend, raising more than $90,000 for Children’s Hospital Colorado.
More than 200 attendees from Denver and beyond gathered Saturday night at The Cable Center for the second fundraiser event of its kind presented by 3d Lacrosse benefiting the Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Colorado.
Former National Football League running back Reggie Rivers, who played for the Denver Broncos from 1991 to 1996, emceed the event for the second time, entertaining a room filled with influential community members, including many from the lacrosse industry.
Cary Larger, Senior Vice President of Community Fundraising, and Gil Peri, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Children’s Colorado, both addressed the crowd to kick off the evening, sharing updates on the hospital’s accomplishments and goals for the future.
During the evening, Peri hosted an informational panel featuring Dr. Jay Albright, Surgical Director of Sports Medicine at Children’s Colorado, and Kayla Burnim, an Engineer at the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis.
Albright and Burnim fielded questions about Children’s Colorado’s next endeavors and the work the Sports Medicine Center is doing to help better treat and prevent injuries in youth sports.
“It is certainly a special occasion to bring together this many people who are passionate about helping young athletes,” said 3d Lacrosse CEO Greg Waldbaum. “To see how Children’s Colorado is raising the bar in treating youth sports injuries is simply amazing.”
Waldbaum, a member of the hospital’s Corporate Leadership Council, also spoke to those in attendance and detailed the relationship between 3d and Children’s Colorado. A partner of 3d Lacrosse since 2014, Children’s Colorado staffs on-field athletic trainers at many 3d Lacrosse events, tournaments, leagues, tryouts, practices and training sessions taking place in the state.
“When we started 3d Lacrosse, we wanted to make sure we found ways to use our growing reach and influence to give back to the community and help causes that we believe in,” Waldbaum said.
“So while their presence has made our events, tournaments and other offerings safer for our players and families, working with Children’s Colorado has allowed 3d to contribute to a great purpose and enterprise.”
Waldbaum’s speech led into a video presentation that captured the moving story of a former 3d Lacrosse student-athlete whose life was impacted by the Sports Medicine Center and its hard-working staff.
“It gives me and the rest of the 3d Lacrosse staff a great sense of pride and accomplishment that we are able to help an entity like Children’s Colorado and the incredible people who work there,” Waldbaum said.
“The doctors and the staff members at Children’s Colorado make a major difference in the lives of kids here in Colorado – they save lives, they make lives better, they keep kids playing sports and they inspire us all to think about what matters most. We are lucky to have a partner like them.”
After the program, Rivers hosted a live auction that included items like international vacations, private lacrosse-coaching lessons and more. Donations from a long list of partners made up dozens of gift baskets that were also auctioned off throughout the night.
Event sponsors included Nike Lacrosse, Ferrari of Denver, Cross H Foundation, Bentley Denver and Ickovic & Co. Combined with the first Lacrosse Ball put on by 3d, the event has now raised more than $200,000 to benefit the Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Colorado.
“The staff at Children’s Colorado and the Sports Medicine Center is grateful to have 3d Lacrosse as a partner and we’re so appreciative of their efforts to help us advance our mission,” said Cary Larger, Senior Vice President of Community Fundraising.
“An event like the Lacrosse Ball not only helps us with direct support, but it also helps spread the word of Children’s Colorado and the amazing success of the Sports Medicine Center.”
Waldbaum said he considers Children’s Colorado and its staff part of the growing “3d Family.”
“We owe thanks to the Lacrosse Ball sponsors and we should applaud the 3d Colorado and 3d Lacrosse corporate staff for helping with a lot of the behind-the-scenes work to pull off a world-class event like this one,” Waldbaum said.
“We’re looking forward to growing the event next year and to finding other ways to use lacrosse as a philanthropic vehicle and to grow the sport’s network and influence. Most of all, we’re looking forward to another year of working alongside Children’s Colorado.”
To learn more about the Lacrosse Ball and to help support the cause, visit http://www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org/events/lacrosse-ball/. To learn more about 3d Lacrosse, visit 3dLacrosse.com.
About Children’s Hospital Colorado
Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) has defined and delivered pediatric health care excellence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1908, Children’s Colorado is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and well-being of children. Continually acknowledged as one of the nation’s outstanding pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and ranked on its Best Children’s Hospitals 2016-17 Honor Roll, Children’s Colorado is known for both its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research, education and advocacy programs, as well as comprehensive everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Children’s Colorado is the winner of the 2015 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize, and is a 2013-2016 Most Wired hospital according to Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Children’s Colorado also is recognized for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Centers and has been designated a Magnet® hospital since 2005. The hospital’s family-centered, collaborative approach combines the nation’s top pediatric doctors, nurses and researchers to pioneer new approaches to pediatric medicine. With urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Metro Denver and Southern Colorado, including its campus on the Anschutz Medical Campus, Children’s Colorado provides a full spectrum of pediatric specialties. For more information, visit www.childrenscolorado.org and connect with Children’s Colorado on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Children’s Hospital Colorado complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
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3d Lacrosse is the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse services company, offering innovative training, premier events, select travel teams, showcases and leagues for boys and girls ages six through 18 at all levels of organized competition. Founded in 2009, the Company trains more than 35,000 athletes annually using its proprietary Box-Field Hybrid™ Development System that combines the tight stick-handling and ball control of box lacrosse with the team-based field strategies used in Division I college programs. In addition to lacrosse-specific training, professional coaches help players develop lifelong skills, including dedication, teamwork and critical thinking under pressure. Based in Denver, 3d Lacrosse also has offices in Annapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Rochester, San Diego and San Francisco. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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