In seventh grade, Brit Douglas teamed up with Rogue Lacrosse to help raise funds for veterans. Now a senior at Ballston Spa High School, Douglas and Rogue are still at it.
Douglas first partnered with Rogue in 2013. Four years later the Rogue Lacrosse Project has raised $17,000 as it continues to promote its cause through the sale of custom-dyed lacrosse stick heads. The project raises awareness and funding for nonprofit organizations that support disabled military members, their families and veterans.
Rogue Lacrosse hosts camps and clinics in Albany, New York as well as Louisiana and Texas. The camps and clinics aren’t just a chance for students to learn from professional and collegiate lacrosse players. They also provide as a great way to spotlight the heads and raise awareness of the fundraising campaign.
During this, their third campaign, Josh Porcell, Rogue Lacrosse owner, and Douglas have chosen to donate all of the proceeds of the fundraiser to the Travis Manion Foundation, a foundation close to the Douglas family, and the Special Operations Foundation, a foundation that has inspired Porcell.
The Douglas family became active in supporting the Travis Manion Foundation when Douglas’ father, a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, named his 2015-2016 Iraq task force after Manion.
Manion was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps. In 2007, he was killed by a sniper while saving his wounded teammates in Iraq. The Travis Manion Foundation empowers veterans and the families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.
Today, Manion’s legacy lives on in the words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, “If not me, then who…”
In addition to Douglas’ father naming the task force after Travis Manion, while attending the Summer STEM program at the US Naval Academy in 2016, Brit Douglas was fortunate enough to hear Ryan Manion, Travis’ sister and president of the Travis Manion Foundation, tell Travis’ story and share the vision of the Travis Manion Foundation: to create a nation of purpose-driven individuals and thriving communities that is built on character.
For this campaign, Warrior Lacrosse donated seventy lacrosse heads and six different designs were created. Proceeds from five of the designs honoring the Air Force, Marines, Navy, and two patriotic designs will be donate to the Travis Manion Foundation, while proceeds from the Army Special Forces head will be donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Douglas and Porcell are working with Darkstar Dyes and Gopher Lacrosse, which designed and dyed the heads, and East Coast Dyes, which donated all of the coordinating HERO MESH. The lacrosse heads are now available at Rogue Lacrosse camps and clinics and through the Rogue Lacrosse website, RogueLacrosse.com.
Douglas has been accepted to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar, where he will again have an opportunity to attend a session led by Ryan Manion. Her story of Travis’ life and the goal of the foundation is intended to inspire participants to go back to their communities with the mindset of, “If not me, then who…” with the hope that the students will put character into action and serve their community and carry on the legacy of character, service and leadership embodied by all of our nation’s fallen heroes. For more information about hosting your own event or fundraiser to benefit the Travis Manion Foundation visit TravisManion.org.
Three years after Manion’s death, his best friend and Naval Academy roommate, LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney, USN, was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Looney’s widow, Amy Looney, inspired by her husband’s sacrifice, founded TMF’s second office in San Diego, CA in 2010. Since that time, the Travis Manion Foundation has established 4 national offices, served more than 60,000 veterans and survivors, and strengthened communities throughout the nation.
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