In a moving show of support for a teammate who lost his father to cancer at the beginning of the school year, all 29 members of the Holderness boys varsity lacrosse team shaved their heads to raise nearly $30,000 for the Sarcoma Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The team’s gesture was meant to honor Sean Fox, the late father of Holderness lacrosse goalie Trevor Fox ’23. Mr. Fox, who passed away last fall from liposarcoma, a rare cancer of the body’s fatty tissues, was himself a standout lacrosse player for Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he won five national championships – four as a player, and one as an assistant coach.
The Holderness team shaved their heads as part of the annual Lacrosse for Life fundraiser put on by Hope Street Foundation, a Providence, RI nonprofit that combats diseases and other medical conditions through fundraising events. For each head shaved, the Hope Street Foundation donated $1,000 in matching funds to the Sarcoma Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This year, any funds raised directly by the players themselves will go directly to the Sean Fox Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to a deserving Harlem Lacrosse student to attend Fox’s alma mater, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
For the Holderness players and coaches, the fundraiser was a natural way to support their teammate – and to put their weight behind a good cause.
“These were just cool moments for our team to come together as a family, to wrap our arms around Trevor Fox and support him and his loss and do something way bigger than us,” said Holderness Head Lacrosse Coach Justin Simon ’04. “The saying ‘be the impact’ is something we kept talking about while taking part in these events. It was truly one of the coolest moments in my coaching career!”
In addition to shaving their heads, the Holderness team traveled to Pingree School in late March to compete in the Lacrosse for a Cause scrimmage alongside teams from Governors Academy, Saint John’s Prep, and Pingree School, whose own lacrosse coach is undergoing cancer treatments at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Each school raised funds for a charity of their choosing, with Holderness players donating to the Sean Fox Memorial Scholarship Fund.
As of early April, Holderness lacrosse players – along with players across the nation – have raised more than $20,000 for the Sean Fox Memorial Scholarship through the Lacrosse for Life fundraiser. The scholarship, which was established to honor Mr. Fox’s contributions to lacrosse, will pay for a Harlem Lacrosse student to attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Harlem Lacrosse is a school-based nonprofit that provides academic support, mentoring, leadership training, college counseling, and lacrosse instruction to students who have been identified as vulnerable to academic decline and school dropout. Harlem Lacrosse serves students at locations in New York, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.