2013 Sticks for Soldiers Tournament 
For the past 9 years, the Western Connecticut Lacrosse Officials Association has supported the Annual Sticks for Soldiers Thanksgiving Lacrosse Tournament. All participating WCLOA Officials donate their time to the Tournament .

Army Sergeant First Class Mark Holbert and Marine Corps Sergeant Aaron Alonso have been named the honorees and beneficiaries for this year's 9th annual Sticks for Soldiers Thanksgiving Charity Lacrosse Tournament, hosted by the Fairfield Ludlowe High School boys' lacrosse program on Saturday, November 29th. SFC Holbert and Sergeant Alonso sustained life-changing injuries from incidents abroad in August 2010 and February 2014, respectively.

Sticks for Soldiers is a non-profit charity with its mission to raise money to support future needs of severely- wounded soldiers, and promote youth awareness of military service through this state-wide event. In eight years, the tournament, which is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, has raised over $330,000 through team entry fees, silent auction, merchandise, and corporate and private donations.

This year, over 900 high school athletes from 64 boys' and girls' teams are expected to participate and they will play more than 125 games during the one–day event starting at 9am. Game officials from around the state of Connecticut, will donate their time as will many volunteers from Fairfield Ludlowe High School

Army First Class Mark Holbert
Marine Corps Sergeant Aaron Alonso