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MADISON - Building Blocks Lacrosse (BBL), based at 12 Main St. in Madison, presented Jaclyn Murphy and her father, Denis Murphy, with an $800 donation Monday, July 14, from BBL’s lacrosse camp proceeds for the Friends of Jaclyn (FOJ) Foundation to further FOJ’s mission of fostering awareness of pediatric brain tumors and improving the quality of life for the children suffering from brain tumors by pairing them with college and high school sports teams.

“FOJ is an organization that some of our players are aware of since many college sport teams from around the country ‘adopt’ a FOJ child for their team,” noted Andrew Hubschmann, founder of BBL.

“At BBL, we think that it is very important for all of our players, both academy students and elite travel team members, to think of others,” Hubschmann said. “By partnering with FOJ, we are providing the community with a fun way to learn more about the game of lacrosse while helping a good cause.”

Inspiring College Team

In 2004, nine-year-old Jaclyn Murphy was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.

The following year she was adopted as an “honorary member” by the women’s lacrosse team at Northwestern University, New York City. The team began to “play for Jaclyn,” which inspired a perfect season and led to Northwestern’s first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national championship in 64 years.

That inspiration continued as the Northwestern team went on to win seven consecutive Division 1 NCAA national championships.

Her association with the Northwestern team moved Jaclyn to approach her father about creating a foundation that would help children suffering from brain tumors to enjoy the same uplifting experience by pairing them with college and high school athletics teams.

Prizes For Campers

At the BBL camp on July 14, Jaclyn Murphy presented prizes to certain campers who exemplified good sportsmanship and worked hard to improve their lacrosse skills. The “Live for the Moment” prize was awarded to Meryl Schaffer, who the coaches chose for embodying the spirit of FOJ. Her prize was a signed, enlarged copy of Jaclyn Murphy’s special trading card that was recently created especially for her by Upper Deck as a part of its “Heroic Inspirations” trading cards. Each camper received a FOJ T-shirt and a trading card.

Building Blocks Lacrosse is a local, year-round academy headquartered in downtown Madison that offers training in both the Gillette section of Long Hill Township and West Orange. As the only academy in New Jersey with a specialized player development program, BBL offers classes for students from beginner to college Division 1 lacrosse players. “BBL summer camps are unique in that they do not just offer generic camps by grade,” Hubschmann observed. “Instead, players can choose from a variety based on their level of experience and position, such as ‘Learnin’ and Luvin’,’ ‘Position Specific’ and ‘Ninja’ camps, or even participate in a new summer box lacrosse league.”

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