Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
KNIGHTHAWKS PLAYERS GIVING BACK
05/04/2013 - 10:06am

(May 4, 2013)… The Rochester Knighthawks players realize the importance of the home floor advantage. The team won the Champion’s Cup at The Blue Cross Arena last season and will host Minnesota Saturday with a trip to the NLL Finals on the line.

(Pictured (left to right) Knighthawk Joe Walters, Ashley Gault and Jack Zimmerman of AJ's Custom Crafts, and Knighthawk Stephen Keogh)

With such strong support from their fanbase, the team decided to donate $1,000 to two local groups affected by recent tragedies: The West Webster Volunteer Fire Department and the DiMartino family. 

“We chose the two groups to donate money too because both affect local families. It is heartbreaking when tragedies occur such as the bombing at the Boston Marathon and killing of two firemen from the Webster Fire Department,” said Knighthawks Assistant Captain Mike Accursi. “Rochester and the surrounding communities have always been extremely supportive of the Rochester Knighthawks. In times of need, communities come to together to help one another. We are simply trying to help those families affected by these two events.”

The team will donate $700 to West Webster Tuesday night to benefit the families of the firefighters affected by the tragic events on December 24th. Two firefighters were killed and two were injured during the Christmas Eve incident. In January, the Knighthawks Charitable Foundation, Inc. presented a check for $1,100 to the West Webster Volunteer Fire Department.

"The players thought it was very important to reach out and help both causes. We represent Rochester and every player on our roster takes great pride in that,” said forward Dan Dawson, who also works as a firefighter in Brampton, Ontario. “This is a small contribution on behalf of the players to help with the healing process."

The additional monies raised by the players were used to purchase “B Strong” bracelets made locally by Ashley Gault and her boyfriend Jack Zimmerman, who own AJ's Custom Crafts in Greece. The couple sold the bracelets at the Knighthawks Playoff Game on April 27th. The proceeds are benefitting Gina DiMartino of Webster, and her brother Peter of Rochester, who were injured in the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15th. To purchase bracelets, go online to AJ's Custom Crafts Facebook page.

“With the money we raised throughout the season, we decided as a team to give back and help anyway we could,” said Rochester native and Knighthawks forward Joe Walters. “Both tragedies are close to home and we just want to show our support.”  


5/25/2013
Syracuse men's lacrosse pulls off another one-goal victory, advances to national title game with 9-8 win over Denver

4/19/2014
Syracuse University men's lacrosse spotlights offensive depth to wear down Hobart, 15-9

4/19/2014
Syracuse University men's lacrosse uses late run to roll past Hobart, 15-9

4/19/2014
Syracuse men's lacrosse at Hobart (live game updates)

4/18/2014
Syracuse lacrosse's Billy Ward 'one of the best leaders ever to come through this program'

4/15/2014
Syracuse lacrosse players Kevin Rice, Brandon Mullins win ACC player of the week honors

4/15/2014
College lacrosse bracketology: Syracuse bolsters profile with Cornell and North Carolina victories

4/14/2014
Five takeaways from Syracuse lacrosse's 11-10 double-overtime win over North Carolina

4/14/2014
Syracuse lacrosse climbs to No. 4 in national polls after critical week (updated)

4/14/2014
Lacrosse weekend wrap: Duke's slick six on offense has Blue Devils even further ahead than usual

4/12/2014
Billy Ward on Syracuse lacrosse's double-overtime win over North Carolina: 'Let's be us, let's be great'

4/12/2014
Billy Ward gives Syracuse lacrosse thrilling 11-10 win over North Carolina in double overtime

4/12/2014
Syracuse men's lacrosse vs. North Carolina (live game updates)

4/11/2014
ACC lacrosse: Virginia's loss ensures Syracuse-North Carolina is a play-in for the conference tournament

4/11/2014
ACC lacrosse: Placing Syracuse's offense and defense in ACC games in context

4/9/2014
Five takeaways from the Syracuse lacrosse team's 14-9 win over Cornell

4/8/2014
Syracuse lacrosse attacker Randy Staats scores 9 points in 14-9 win over No. 7 Cornell

4/8/2014
Randy Staats lights up Cornell for five goals in Syracuse lacrosse's 14-9 victory

4/8/2014
Syracuse men's lacrosse at Cornell (live game updates)

4/8/2014
Syracuse auctioning lacrosse coach John Desko's 4-year-old clipboard

4/8/2014
College lacrosse bracketology: Notre Dame a postseason question mark after back-to-back losses