Costumed lacrosse game in Concord raises more than $35,000 for charities
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Monday, Nov. 04, 2013

Costumed lacrosse game in Concord raises more than $35,000 for charities

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    Organizer Chris McCartan, center, dressed as a belly dancer to coach his team during the second annual Lindsey Radack Charity Game, Clashed for a Cure 13, at the old Odell Elementary School field in Concord.
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    Dan Ward, right, dressed as Ming the Merciless (from the “Flash Gordon” movie shorts and comic strips), defends against Eric Troutman, left, costumed as Pimp Daddy (his own creation) during the second annual Lindsey Radack Charity Game, Clashed for a Cure 13, at the old Odell Elementary School field in Concord.
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    Craig “Skippy” Smith, dressed as Evel Knievel, passes the ball during the second annual Lindsey Radack Charity Game, Clashed for a Cure 13, at the old Odell Elementary School field in Concord.
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    T.J. Johnson, dressed as a prison inmate, handles the ball as Scott Earnshaw, costumed as Jesus, closes in from behind during the second annual Lindsey Radack Charity Game, Clashed for a Cure 13, at the old Odell Elementary School field in Concord.
  • Want to help? To donate, make a check payable to Clashed and mail it to Chris McCartan, 5662 Burck Drive, Concord, NC 28027. For more information on the Cabarrus County Clash lacrosse league, visit www.cabarruscountyclash.com.

Clashed for a Cure 13, the second annual Lindsey Radack Charity Game, raised more than $35,000 for local charities.

Riding a minibike, Craig “Skippy” Smith, dressed as Evel Knievel, drove ahead of the other lacrosse players in costumes. A belly dancer, the Stay-Puft marshmallow man and even Ming the Merciless (a character from old “Flash Gordon” comic strips and movie shorts) took to the field.

The match started with a ceremonial face-off between Dene Dawson, program manager of Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County, and Marian Mozingo, campaign director of the NorthEast Foundation. Mozingo used her stick to wrestle the ball away from Dawson.

Some costumes were easier to play in than others. The belly dancer, Chris McCartan, drew his group of characters on the Bad team into a circle to discuss strategy as they competed against the Ugly team for goals.

Since each team can field only 10 players at a time, the 50 participating athletes were rotated frequently. The Ugly team won 14-13 after four quarters of play.

McCartan has coached for Cabarrus County Clash – the lacrosse league that Jeff Copeland founded in 2009 for boys and girls ages 4 to 17 – since it started. As the youth league grew to more than 300 athletes, McCartan said, he kept hearing parents say they wish they could have played. So he decided to start an adult lacrosse league in summer 2012.

Named the Clashed, the league is made up of athletes 20 to 60 years old, mostly parents of the youth involved in the Clash team. During the summer they play two matches a week on regulated teams; the fall and winter have more pickup games.

McCartan, who won a national title while playing lacrosse at Syracuse University, came up with the idea of the charity game shortly after he formed the adult lacrosse league last year.

Breast cancer survivor Lindsey Radack, wife of Clashed player Kevin Radack, was chosen as the honoree. The proceeds would be divided evenly between the Clash Boosters, who help pay for league expenses, and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.

In 2012 the event raised $26,000 and, after expenses, the group donated a little more than $12,000 to each charity. This year, McCartan said, they added Habitat for Humanity and the CMC-NorthEast Breast Health Center to share in the proceeds.

The athletes solicited sponsors to pledge an amount for each goal scored by either team during the game, with a cap of 20 goals.

This year they collected about $35,000 and will continue to accept donations. The proceeds will be split in thirds; one-third for Habitat for Humanity, one-third to the Clash Boosters and one-third split between Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast’s Breast Health Center.

Marty Price is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email him at martyprice53@gmail.com.

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