Sports organizations plan support efforts for Boston tragedy victims

Posted by Staff  April 19, 2013 12:13 PM

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Several sports organizations are holding or supporting charity efforts for the Boston Marathon bombing victims.

Here's a brief review:

Boston Strong T.jpegThe Boston Cannons Major League Lacrosse team will host a benefit scrimmage on Saturday, April 20 at Harvard at 6 p.m. against the CroART Lacrosse All-Star Team to raise money for the One Fund. The teams are asking for a $10 donation from each person at the door. Each team will donate $20 a player prior to the scrimmage. Finally, auctions will take place at the game and will continue online throughout the following week.

The Cannons will also sell t-shirts with "Boston Strong" on them and all of the proceeds will go the The One Fund.

The UMass football team will give Boston Marathon runners a chance to "cross the finish line" Saturday at halftime of their annual Spring Game at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst. Runners will be able to take a lap around the field, cross a finish line that will be set up at the 50-yard line and will be presented a gift on behalf of the UMass football program. Runners are encouraged to register by emailing the football program's administrative assistant Joanne Chauvin at jchauvin@admin.umass.edu.

The game is at 4 p.m., and admission and parking is free.

The Boston Bruins are selling raffle tickets for a variety of giveaways, with all proceeds going to The One Fund. During their game against the Penguins Friday (if played), both teams will auction their game-worn jerseys adorned with special patches (Bruins will have yellow/blue ribbons, Penguins will wear "617" area code patches). Bidding will start Monday at the NHL's website.

Raffle tickets for a special drawing to win the jersey of Jaromir Jagr and Evgeni Malkin will be $5 each and can be purchased here.

The Bruins will also raffle sweaters during their game against the Panthers on Saturday, April 21, and when they play the Lightning on Thursday, April 25. Tickets will be sold at their foundation table on Floor 4, Loge 4 at TD Garden.

The New England Professional Golf Association will hold its first Pro-Am tournament of the year on Monday at the Thorny Lea Golf Course in Brockton and will donate $10 to the One Fund for every birdie made throughout the day by all participants. The organization will also distribute runners' bibs to each team in the tournament to be displayed on their golf carts to show support. The New England PGA is also organizing a "One Fund Weekend" and will ask golfers throughout New England to donate a minimum of $1 to the fund.

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