You may know the UF Men’s Club Lacrosse team by their impressive stats on the field, but what they do off the fields is even more impressive. For the past couple of years, the UF Men’s Lacrosse team has supported the UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program in honor of their former team captain, Jamie Chapin, who passed away from brain cancer in 2011. The idea to honor Jamie’s memory came from their head coach and former UF club team member, Garrett Hanrahan.
While a student, Garrett remembers his coach telling Jamie’s story and impressing the importance of their role as caretakers of Jamie’s memory upon the team. Now as the coach of the UF Men’s Lacrosse team, he feels the position he has to honor and do good in Jamie’s memory is both humbling and gratifying – a sentiment undoubtedly passed on to his team members.
In February of 2017, the Men’s Club Lacrosse team helped organize the First Annual Jamie Chapin Classic, a golf fundraiser to both honor the memory of Jamie, and support the UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program. In its first year, the Jamie Chapin Classic hosted over 40 golfers, and raised over $7,000!
Today, the team continues to honor Jamie’s memory by also supporting the Children’s Brain Trust, an organization started by UF Alumnus, Paul Hale. This organization also raises funds to support the UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program. The team publically supports the Children’s Brain Trust this season by wearing stickers on their game helmets, as well as through their social media platforms. “It's gratifying to see how this sport that we love can connect people and provide them with the skills and relationships to do something that is much bigger than suiting up to play a game,” Garrett Hanrahan said.
To learn more about how these young Gators are making a change and for information on the 2018 Jamie Chapin Classic, follow the team @GatorLacrosse on Facebook and Twitter!