Patriot Cup Spotlights Lacrosse, Charity

The annual Patriot Cup lacrosse extravaganza comes to SMU’s Ford Stadium on Saturday, showcasing some good competition for a good cause.

The schedule includes an alternating mix of college and high school games. The action starts with St. Mark’s and Austin High at 9 a.m., followed by Marquette and Ohio State at noon. Highland Park and Frisco will face off at 2:30 p.m., before club programs from SMU and Arkansas wrap up the day.

Perhaps more importantly, all of the proceeds go to Bridge Lacrosse and HEADstrong Texas, a nonprofit organization that assists families affected by cancer.

Among the honorees on Saturday will be Bennett Williams, a 9-year-old Park Cities resident who recently conquered leukemia for a second time, and 12-year-old Luke Allred from Frisco, who also is a former leukemia patient.

Both boys are lacrosse players, and have developed a bond during their recovery, which started during a charity tournament to support Luke’s struggle. Bennett organized a team and entered the event, then shortly afterward found that his own leukemia had resurfaced after being in remission for years.

Tickets for Saturday’s games start at $10 and can be purchased online in advance or at the gate.

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