The summer of 2007 will mark the 1st Annual Rick “Tuggy” Passfield Memorial Field Lacrosse Tournament. The anticipated dates are August 24th-26th 2007, and will be held in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. We are inviting U-16 aged teams from across Canada and throughout the U.S.A. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit HCM Research (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy), the heart condition in which Rick passed away from in 2005, at the age of 21. Rick played lacrosse here in the local community, and also helped with the development of younger players within the Durham Region.
Tournament fees have not yet been established, but we expect to release applications, fees, and final details by the end of March. Accommodations can be easily accessed for out of town teams at the Durham Residence Center located in Oshawa. We have been told teams will get the OLA discount rate for rooms. Our intentions are to provide transportation to teams flying into Toronto, and run a shuttle service to and from the residence to the fields.
Both “A” and “B” divisions will be divided to accommodate teams of a higher or lower caliber skill level. The tournament schedule will depend on the amount of response we receive by applications. We estimate to have 20+ teams, having 10+ teams in both the “A” and “B” divisions. We wish to include a Tournament All-Star Game with at least one representative from each team competing. All-Star players will be determined by a voting system of opposing coaches during the Round-Robin play. It is our intention to have a Canada vs. U.S.A match-up of the respective players voted.
Further details will be available in March and will be sent to those who respond to this invitation. Please pass along the information to any prospective teams which may be interested in attending. We foresee a huge interest level, and hope to host your team/organization. Spots will be limited so please respond ASAP. Thanks for your time.
Note: Joel is also looking for volunteers and Sponsors to assist with the tournament, so please spread the word. I personally knew Rick and his family. He always had the time to spend to help out the kids, and others across many associations. Let’s help out this cause in his memory……Marksy
Update: There is a meeting scheduled for volunteers on Wed. Feb 21 2007, 7:00 pm at Johnny’s Original Eatery (Corner of Thornton and Hwy 2 in Oshawa)