By Stephen Wilson

When Coach Pat Myers took the reins of men’s lacrosse, he laid out a few simple yet key tenets: hard work, toughness, and brotherhood. Of course he expected it on the field. Off the field was no different.

“Part of brotherhood is setting goals as a family,” says Myers. “In August, we set a goal of 400 community service hours.”

The plan was each guy dedicating 10 hours to the cause, so all would be invested and pull a fair share of the weight. Myers adds, “Brotherhood doesn’t mean a few guys doing the majority of the work.”

They have gotten there in no time thanks to the help of assistant coaches Scott Bieda and Ian Moore, who helped drive the volunteer projects, in addition to Chelsea Cefalu, community partnerships coordinator at Landis Center for Community Engagement.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the lacrosse team,” says Cefalu. “Their commitment to the community is inspiring, and we are fortunate to know we have such a strong group of volunteers to rely on.”

As the season started in early spring, the team has already surpassed 500 hours.

The team moved bookshelves for Skillman Library and tables for the Indian Culture Museum. They planted trees for Habitat for Humanity and ate lunch with at-risk kids at local elementary schools. They raised $16,236 for Headstrong Cancer Relief and $5,000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation as part of its Big Shave. Speaking of which, several players shaved their heads as well. They shopped for families in need at the holidays, packed up food for homeless shelters, and read with second-graders as part of the 2nd and 7 program. And the athletes led lacrosse clinics and camps for local youth and also participated in two 5K runs.

“Overall I am incredibly proud of our staff and team for the investment they have made in the community and to serving others,” says Myers.  “This gives us great pride!”

Here are a few images from their various activities:

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