The seventh annual Sticks for Soldiers lacrosse tournament in Fairfield, Conn., has named
Capt. Gregory Galeazzi, a 2007 graduate of Loyola's Army ROTC program, to be the second honoree for this year's support. The Thanksgiving weekend tournament raises funds and awareness for severely wounded military personnel. He joins
Cpl. (ret.) Greg Caron of Ellington, Conn., as honorees this year.
On May 26, 2011, Galeazzi, an Army Ranger, was seriously wounded while conducting a dismounted patrol in
Caron, of Ellington, Conn., lost both his lower legs and suffered nerve damage in a booby-trapped IED explosion in Afghanistan the day after
Caron and his wife are now adjusting to their lives in Connecticut. It is planned that the Sticks For Soldiers donation, together with that of several other nonprofits, will help contribute to building a home for Greg and his family in Ellington.
The lacrosse tournament will have nearly 50 high school teams in boys and girls lacrosse with approximately 700 athletes participating Nov. 24. A midday ceremony recognizing the honorees will be capped by a keynote address by Fairfield native Marine Corps Maj. John P. Cimina, a decorated naval flight officer stationed at NAS Pensacola. Team entry fees, raffles, and silent auction proceeds and private donations are pooled to support the honorees.