For the fifth year running, hundreds of Geneva High School alum-athletes are gearing up and grabbing their lacrosse sticks in memory of one of their own.
The Michael “Diko” D’Amico Memorial Geneva Lacrosse Games, hosted by Hobart and William Smith Colleges, are each year in memory of Michael D. D’Amico, a 2002 graduate of Geneva High School who, while pursuing a post-graduate year at the Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H., was killed by a drunk driver.
An avid lacrosse and hockey player, D’Amico learned how to play lacrosse while attending Hobart summer camps and by working on an individual basis with Associate Director of Admissions Bill Warder ’96.
The games are sponsored by Sodexho, the HWS Summer Programs office and the YMCA and will be held on Sunday, July 5, at McCooey field. The second annual women’s alumni game will begin at 10 a.m., while the men will face off at noon for their fifth annual memorial game.
Past memorial games, including the first ever Women’s Draw in 2008, featured nearly 24 sponsors, approximately 60 donors and over 200 alums and current Geneva players ranging from the classes of 1966 to 2009, from states coast to coast.
“I’m overwhelmed by the community’s generosity,” says Associate Director of Admissions Ruth Teague ’77. “As a parent, I volunteer because I cannot imagine losing a child this way. All three of my kids played at Geneva High School and at HWS (Preston ’02, Lindsay ’04 and Garrett ’07), so we could not think of a better way to honor Michael’s memory than to play lacrosse.”
The registration fee is $15. Players, on-site volunteers and sponsors are needed for the games. All proceeds will be donated to the YMCA youth lacrosse program, where D’Amico played.
For additional information about the men’s game, please contact:
Preston Teague ’02 at (716) 697-0976 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Teague ’77 at (315) 781-3730 or email@example.com
Bill Warder ’96 at (585) 943-4895 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about the women’s game, contact Kris Martin at (315) 945-7796 or email@example.com.
Details regarding the event may be found at Michael “Diko” D’Amico Memorial Lacrosse Game Web site.
Registration forms and details are also available at the Geneva Family YMCA.