Lacrosse team honors longtime supporter
Updated: Monday, 03 May 2010, 10:55 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 03 May 2010, 10:55 PM EDT
EAST AURORA, N.Y. (RELEASE) - The East Aurora High School Lady Blue Devils lacrosse team will be celebrating more than just a trip to the playoffs at their senior game on Friday, May 7th. Students, staff, and community members will be joining together for the second year in a row to commemorate the life and legacy of long-time supporter, Michael Schafer.
Mike was a strong supporter of East Aurora lacrosse programs serving as President of the booster club and member of the Board of Directors. With his leadership and fundraising abilities Mike assisted the program by helping to provide scholarships for athletes to attend lacrosse camps, play in the winter league and have indoor preseason practice time. With his help, the program grew from one club team of varsity boys to four teams - varsity and junior varsity boys and girls - plus two club teams at the modified level. As a lacrosse dad, Mike could often be found on the sidelines cheering on his son, David (class of '03) and daughter, Jennifer (class of '07). With Mike's passing last March, his children lost their biggest fan, and the lacrosse program lost a major advocate. Yet, Mike's passion and enthusiasm for the game will forever remain a constant in the hearts of all who knew him.
Upon his death and in accordance with his generous personality, Mike gave the gift of life through organ donation with Upstate New York Transplant Services. Thanks to this selfless act, numerous people have received a second chance at life. As a reflection of the impact Mike made on the East Aurora lacrosse program, the Lady Blue Devils will be wearing lime green jerseys during their game specially designed by Laux Sporting Goods displaying the Upstate New York Transplant Services logo on the front, and Mike's nickname, "Schafe", across the back.
In preparation for the May 7th event, members of the Lady Blue Devils lacrosse team designed posters promoting the memorial game and are encouraging students to wear lime green to school to show their support. Students will also be offered green Donate Life wristbands in exchange for "loose change" that will benefit Upstate New York Transplant Services. In addition, team members will be giving educational morning announcements throughout the week of the game designed to increase knowledge and awareness amongst the student body regarding organ donation.
The second annual Michael Schafer Memorial Lacrosse Game will be held on Friday, May 7th at 7:00pm at East Aurora High School, 1003 Center Street in East Aurora. In attendance at the game will be Mike's daughter, son and widow, Tracey. Time will be dedicated prior to the game's start and during half-time to commemorate Mike's life and to present Tracey with flowers.