Castleton and Norwich men’s lacrosse teams came together last weekend for a 24-hour fund-raiser at the Castleton College rock wall.
The two teams set out to raise money in memory of a fallen Norwich lacrosse player, Connor Roberts.
Roberts had just finished his sophomore year at Norwich, where he majored in engineering management, when he suffered a heart attack and passed away in his hometown of St. Albans, Vt.
Roberts’ older brother, Ben, was a student at Castleton as well as a member of the Castleton lacrosse and hockey teams. Ben helped his younger brother develop a strong relationship with the Castleton community.
“It’s something that has brought our teams together for a common good. Connor was a great competitor, but an even better person,” said Castleton men’s lacrosse coach Bo McDougall.
The main goal of the climbathon was to have one person climbing at all times throughout the 24-hour period.
The two teams solicited sponsorship donations to raise money for a memorial fund in Connor’s.
Castleton midfielder Zach Devoid is ecstatic at the fund-raising success thus far.
“The Norwich and Castleton communities have done a great job of raising money for Connor’s fund. The support has been unreal,” he said.
The online Go Fund Me page has raised over $2,700, not including cash and check donations.
It gets tougher to climb up, but we push through and grind it out for the cause,” said Castleton player Matt Levins.
McDougall echoed Levin’s words of encouragement.
“The groups have come in and brought a ton of energy. It’s awesome to see them collaborate,” he said. “To support the Roberts family and our former captain is an honor,” he said.