The Sports4Life Foundation was formed to enrich the lives of athletes by providing athletic opportunities to help reach their individual potential and develop a lifelong passion for sports. As a nonprofit organization, we strongly believe sports are a positive influence and can provide a valuable education in leadership, teamwork and competition.
With your support, we can help open the doors of opportunity for athletes who are less fortunate by providing them with a chance to play and develop leadership skills later on in life. Please help Sports4Life get as many athletes as we can back in the game!
We are very grateful for your generous support. With your donations, we can help create opportunities for athletes from all walks of life! As a 501c3 nonprofit (tax ID #22-3445922), donations to the Sports4Life Foundation are tax-deductible.
Lacrosse has been an integral part of my life, whether I was playing, coaching or simply spectating. When I was in second grade I lost my mother to cancer and sports became my life. Lacrosse has been a source of motivation, frustration, and passion in my life. Without it I wouldn’t be where I am today. I was a middle class kid from a blue-collar family, we didn’t have a lot of money, and a good portion of my college savings was spent on lacrosse tournaments and showcases. I was extremely fortunate to have parents that did everything in their power to give me an opportunity to continue to play the sport I love. The idea of playing a college sport had never crossed my mind, until Jeff Coulson approached me while playing in a winter pick up league. For me lacrosse had been my outlet from daily stress, a way to stay active and out of trouble, and have some fun.
I never thought I was good - Jeff saw something in me as a fourteen year old. He planted a seed in my head that lacrosse was my way to continue my education. Coming from a working class family, money didn’t grow on trees, so my parents had to make many sacrifices to fund my lacrosse experience, whether it was working overtime, or taking all their vacation time to get me to a tournament, or driving all night and working the next day. My parents did everything to open doors for me, to help me to earn a college scholarship, and because of them, I knew how it felt to have a dream and to be able to achieve it.
Lacrosse allowed me to attend a great college, it gave me friends for the rest of my life, and it showed me what it meant to be a member of a team - something that ultimately led me to joining the military.
While serving in Afghanistan I was injured while on patrol and lost my lower left leg. When I was first hurt, all I could think about was the fact I would never play lacrosse, I would never run, I would never be whole again. At that moment I thought I had lost the one thing that had brought me joy and passion. As I began my recovery I saw what people were capable of doing with prosthetics and set a goal for myself to play lacrosse again in some form. Five months after losing my leg I was on the field again. The idea of competing drove me to limits I never knew I was capable of. I pushed through pain, tears, and mental anguish to simply be able to stand in the crease again, to feel important to a team, to compete.
From a twelve-year-old kid looking for physical release, to a twenty four year old recovering from an IED, lacrosse has been the one true passion of my life. If I had never had the opportunity to play on a select team and see what lacrosse could mean to me, I would not be the same man I am today.
Sports4Life was honored to play a role in the Navy Seal Foundation’s Charity Hockey Game this past July! The proceeds from this great event will go towards building a new locker room for sled hockey players at the Navy Seals Special Warfare Hockey Facility. Hockey is a way for the Navy SEALs and their families to re-acclimate after deployments, help those suffering with PTSD re-engage in a team activity, mentor sons and daughters of deployed parents, participate in sled hockey leagues for those who’ve lost use of their legs and maintain general strength, fitness and competitiveness.
To learn more about the Navy SEALs or to make a donation to assist with the cost of building the new facility, please watch this video and visit navysealfoundation.org. Click the “Donate Online Now” icon then select NSF Hockey Program from the “Designation” drop down menu.
The Sports For Life foundation is thrilled to be a part of the Amazon Smile program, which donates .5% of the price of your Amazon Purchase to charity! Here’s how it works: When you begin shopping on Amazon use smile.amazon.com. It will deliver the exact same results as amazon.com and will allow you to donate a small percentage of your purchase to a charity of your choice. To select the charity you would like to support, scroll over “Your Account” once you’ve logged into Amazon, then select “Your Amazon Smile. There should be a button in the top right that says “change charity.” Search “Sports for Life Foundation Inc.” and select it as your charity
Bauer Hockey & the Sports4Life Foundation teamed up on Tuesday, March 6th for the 3rd annual Calling All Athletes Event at The Rinks at Exeter for New Hampshire kids and their families. The learn-to-play hockey program outfitted 50 Athletes head-to-toe in Bauer Equipment to use at 3 hockey clinics at The Rinks! The Calling All Athletes event is focused on families who have never played hockey before and designed to ensure kids and their families have a fun experience!
Sports4Life is proud to support the making of Tough Sledding, an inspirational film about the underdog 2002 Sled Hockey Paralympic Gold Medal Team. With your support we can contribute towards the making of a movie that inspires a nation and changes the cultural perceptions of Paralympic athletes in America forever. Funding goes towards script writing, an essential step for the passionate team behind this project as they seek funding to create a movie that can truly inspire.
Friday March 2nd to Sunday March 3rd marked the 4th year of Northeast Sled Hockey League Sports4Life Sled Hockey Classic! In 4 years, the tournament grew from 2 days to 3 and increased in the number of players from 9 teams to 15. US men’s and women's National Team as well as Development team players participate in the league. “Along with providing a structured, competitive Sled Hockey league, the individual benefits to our athletes are invaluable. The NESHL not only improves a player’s physical fitness but provides an environment to promote and improve their independence, assist with building their life skills, and improve their quality of life. The lessons taught through competing assist the individual to better manage life’s ups and downs while stressing the value of maintaining a positive attitude.” from NESHL website
The Sports4Life Scholarship Program is dedicated to supporting future generations of athletes and leaders and aims to enrich their lives by supporting their athletic endeavors and experiences around the world. The application to this scholarship is open to all athletes and sports-oriented organizations in need of financial assistance and is based on a variety of values and criteria including eligibility for financial need, athletic performance, academic performance and community service.