CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's lacrosse team will host its fifth-annual Climb for Connor this Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, in honor of former Norwich men's lacrosse player Connor Roberts.
Members of the Castleton and Norwich lacrosse programs have teamed up in each of the last five years to help raise funds for the CJR Memorial Fund, a scholarship program for graduates of BFA-Saint Albans in memory of Connor Roberts. Roberts passed away from a sudden heart attack in June 2014 following his sophomore year.
Connor's ties to Castleton are strong, as his brother Ben played lacrosse and hockey at Castleton before graduating in 2014 and his sister Danielle was a member of the Spartan women's hockey team earlier this decade. In addition, the Roberts siblings have many friends both at Castleton and at Norwich.
"This event has become something that members of both the Castleton and Norwich lacrosse families look forward to year after year. It's taken on a life of it's own, and has cemented Connor's legacy on both campuses," says Castleton lacrosse head coach Bo McDougall.
"One of the coolest things about the Climb is that we've reached a point where no player at either school played with Ben or Connor, yet they'll still work their tails off to make sure the climb is a success," McDougall added. "Whether it's climbing, fundraising, or simply spreading the word about Connor and his life; the guys on both campuses have embraced this event and given it new life in the past few years."
The event shaped up differently this year than in years past, as the Cadets hosted a climb last weekend, February 9 and 10, with Castleton hosting its own climb to help garner more participation in the 24-hour climbing marathon that begins at noon on Saturday. The fundraising efforts have already eclipsed the $3,000 mark, though the two teams have a goal of raising $5,000.
Climbers are seeking donations and sponsorships for the event, with all proceeds benefitting the CJR Memorial Fund, LTD. All are welcome at the event to climb, donate or show your support for our climbers in their 24-hour show of support for Connor. All proceeds from the event will ensure his memory can continue to touch the lives of others. To make a contribution and learn more about the event, click here.