Lacrosse stars Max Seibald and Andrew Wasik visit HLL, present generous donation from Wimmer Solutions
HARLEM, NEW YORK CITY - On November 29th, boys from the Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership program at Frederick Douglass Academy convened in their school's auditorium for their Fall Awards ceremony. Players were commended with honors such as academic honor roll awards, and athletic achievement awards, and "The Gildehaus Award" (in honor of Concord -Carlisle Program Director Charles Gildehaus, given to the boy demonstrating exceptional character, compassion, respect and discipline over the course of the fall season). New to the awards ceremony, and to our youngest players in the audience, were two guest presenters of considerable standing in the greater lacrosse world: - Maximum Lacrosse Camps CEO Max Seibald. At Cornell, Max was the 2009 Collegiate National Player of the Year. Currently, he is a Nike Lacrosse Spokesperson and Denver Outlaws Midfielder.
- All-time Division II lacrosse scoring leader Andrew Wasik (Pace '01). At Pace, Wasik was a four-time Collegiate National Player of the Year.
Andrew and Max were initially on hand to help congratulate the boys, helping to present certificates signed by both star players. They also served to deliver a $5000 donation from Seattle-based tech firm Wimmer Solutions and its CEO Matt Sauri - a well-known lacrosse enthusiast and generous philanthropist. This past summer, Connor Martin (of "Con Bro Chill" fame, Flow Society spokesperson, and Denver Outlaws attackman) participated alongside Seibald and Wasik in the Hawaii lacrosse tournament, having just attended an HLL clinic one month prior. Sauri explained to the Wimmer-sponsored team on the eve of the championship that, should they take the cup, he would donate $5000 to 4 different charities. By that point, word had spread about Connor's involvement with the team at Frederick Douglass Academy, and Matt chose to donate to HLL. The team went on to win the tourney, earning HLL this substantial gift.
Following the ceremony, Seibald and Wasik led the boys in a shooting and passing clinic on the boys' concrete hometurf. The rain presented a few obstacles on the slippery handball courts, but HLL couldn't get the players to leave after the skillful shot demonstration put on by Seibald. Everybody had a blast, and we are looking forward to seeing Max and Andrew again down the road.