November 28, 2012
A Team Called Home
Players from the men’s lacrosse team hosted a bake sale in the Flanagan Campus Center in late November to raise funds on behalf of the newest member of their team: nine-year-old Thomas Archibald.
The men’s lacrosse team adopted Archibald during an October ceremony facilitated by the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a national organization that connects children suffering from serious and terminal illnesses with athletic teams.
The reaction from Archibald has been enthusiastic. “He leads us in a lap [before practice],” said team co-captain Chris Kipp, BSA ’14. Archibald, with his entire family in tow, has attended every practice and scrimmage. And during the final practice of the season, Archibald and his older brother ambushed the players with a squirt gun attack.
The players have embraced the opportunity to be part of Archibald’s life. The sign taped to the bake sale table under the brownies and cookies asked for funds to help out “our little brother.”
“The off-season is more focused on him,” said player Nick Fournier, BCMT ’15. “We are able to support him through the few months between fall ball and regular season.” So far, the team has come together to attend Archibald’s karate practices and made plans to take a team trip to the hospital to support Archibald during scheduled MRIs.
“I think it shows a different side of us,” said Fournier. “It definitely shows the personal side.”