“Team Beat Cancer went undefeated and won the 2018 tournament,” Wilson says. “Most players were a mix of kids from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh and from Green Hope High School in Cary.”
Concessions were available for those who attended, including Chick-fil-A sandwiches on Saturday and Boar’s Head hot dogs on Sunday. Tournament T-shirts were available for purchase and signed lacrosse memorabilia was auctioned off. A midway was set up with inflatable games for young fans.
“In lieu of entrance fees, we asked fans to donate Amazon or grocery gift cards that go directly to the PBMT pantry,” Wilson explains.
Since the tournament is still relatively new, it was important to the organizers to do what they could to get the word out and build enthusiasm for the event in 2018 and beyond.
“We got the word out with a printed program describing the event and what it represents,” Wilson says. “The programs were distributed to local businesses by Jordan High School students and the Jordan High School Service Club. We also advertised through social media.”
Wilson and the other organizers of the Trey Ennis Lacrosse for Leukemia Memorial Tournament are proud of what has been accomplished so far but know their journey is just beginning. The tournament is a way to preserve the memory of Ennis and deliver support to children and families in need at the same time.
“We hope to make the event larger each year and become a mainstay for Durham,” Wilson says. “It improves the community’s quality of life by bringing awareness to a childhood disease and highlighting the local Duke Medicine program.”
And for those who have a passion for lacrosse, as Ennis did, this program helps to raise the profile of the sport in the community.
“The tournament will help introduce and support growth in a sport that is lacking participation in Durham,” Wilson says. “We want local Durham schools to be competitive in lacrosse with area schools in places like Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Apex.”
As a student athlete, Trey Ennis was dedicated to his team, his school and his sport. His presence in the community is irreplaceable, but his memory will always live on. It is fitting that the tournament that bears his name will help families just like his and inspire young people to pursue the sport he loved in the city he called home.
Trey Ennis Pantry
The Ennis family is deeply involved in supporting the Duke Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Family Support Program, which helps families with children suffering from leukemia. The Trey Ennis Pantry is part of the initiative to aid families in need. You can honor the memory of Trey Ennis and help area families by donating. Donations help to stock the pantry.