Several former White Plains lacrosse players will be returning to their old stomping grounds this weekend.
But more important, they will be doing so for more than just old times’ sake.
White Plains will be hosting its first-ever alumni game on Saturday at 3 p.m. on the high school’s turf field at Loucks Stadium. The game is a fundraiser in honor of former girls lacrosse head coach Mike Leone, who passed away in April from complications from amyloidosis, a rare blood disorder.
“The idea for it started right after Mike passed; I had a former player and a couple parents come to me and ask if there was anything we could do to get the whole group together,” said Gabe Robles, Leone’s longtime assistant coach who succeeded him as the program’s head coach this year. “It’s going to be nice. Hopefully, it takes off.”
The game will be played near the end of White Plains’ youth lacrosse program’s jamboree. The girls alumni game will take place at 3 p.m., with the boys alumni game starting around 4:30 p.m.
According to Robles, 30 girls are registered to play.
Robles also said that the game will raise money to establish a 501 (c) non-profit organization in Leone’s name. The hope would be for a foundation to fund scholarships at White Plains High School, as well as to donate funds to amyloidosis research groups.
The disorder, in which abnormal proteins called amyloids build up in a body’s organs, currently has no cure.
In addition to donating at the game, donations for the organizations can be made to:
Tiger Lax Inc.
c/o David Lorden
27 Idlewood Road
White Plains, NY 10605