AVON – More than 75 former Avon High lacrosse players, friends and family have committed to play in the first “Play for Kurt” lacrosse game on Saturday, June 6, at Buckingham Field at 1 p.m.
Instead of the annual Avon High alumni lacrosse contest, it will be a fundraising effort in honor of the late Kurt Skelley, a 2011 Avon High graduate who passed away in March 2014. Participants and fans will be able to donate to the Kurtis R. Skelley Memorial Fund, established to help support young adults suffering with depression and to raise awareness of mental health issues.
Skelley was an outstanding lacrosse player at Avon High and at Springfield College. He was a co-captain of the 2011 Falcons and earned All-NCCC and All-State honors in high school. As a senior, he scored 26 goals and had six assists.
Two of Skelley’s high school teammates, Will Patton and Ian Mack, have organized the event. Those wishing to make a direct donation may do so through the Kurtis Skelley Memorial Fund c/o Edward Jones, 9-1 Bank Street, Granby, CT 06035.
Born in Hartford, Skelley lived in South Windsor and Avon. He had a passion for the outdoors and loved to ski, hike and play lacrosse.