The Southern California lacrosse family came together last Saturday at La Costa Canyon High School in San Diego for the Aaron Loy Lacrosse Shootout. Loy, a freshman lacrosse player at UCSB and a 2013 graduate of La Costa Canyon, fell ill with Neisseria (bacterial) meningitis in November, and had his feet amputated in order to save his life after complications. The tournament, which featured 10 games with more than 300 players ranging from 5th Grade to Grandmasters (40 plus), was organized by the La Costa Canyon lacrosse community in support of Loy and his family.
Jesse Foss, La Costa Canyon head coach and Adrenaline Lacrosse Director of Training, spearheaded the event, which raised more than $18,000 for the Loy family. In an email to participants, Foss beamed that he “couldn’t be prouder of the Southern California lacrosse community for banding together for one of our brothers.”
Donations are still being accepted online, and Aaron’s progress can be followed with an online journal being updated by his parents. As of this week, Aaron had recovered use of his hands and fingers, allowing him to use the computer for the first time since his hospitalization.
Photos from each division at the Shootout can be found online here.