BENEFITING: National Foundation for Cancer Research
EVENT: Play4theCure 2016
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2016
Play4TheCure has joined forces with US Lacrosse to increase awareness and fundraising for cancer research but also the great game of lacrosse. Intermountain Lacrosse is excited to support this unique partnership and we hope you will help us with our efforts!! May 7th is the day we have chosen to highlight as our Play4TheCure day in honor of Holly Henrie (#5 in the bottom right) and all of those affected by cancer. Who will you play for???
Holly Henrie was a born adventurer. She was always looking to get involved in a new sport or endeavor. One day she saw a flyer for lacrosse and talked several of her friends in to attending the U.S. National clinic to be held at the University of Utah bubble. There were about 100 girls and women in attendance that day. It was put together by Jenifer Hadley who was starting lacrosse here in Utah. When the clinic was held there was a BYU team and a Judge Memorial high school team and they would play each other. The clinic taught all of the women how to throw and catch and cradle. Holly loved it. She went out and bought all the required equipment and joined a newly formed league. She was assigned to the Salt Lake Club team. This team was made up of newbies, like Holly, and women who grew up back east and new the sport well. Holly played midfield. She immediately became a team favorite. She got the nickname of Mufasa because of her big hair. She required everyone on the team to name their sticks. Hers was Thor. Salt Lake Club wore these donated jerseys that were blue and white striped and looked like Charlie Brown shirts. That season the only team to play was BYU. Salt Lake Club got it's butt handed to it several times.
The next year the University of Utah, Utah State and Weber started teams. The team spent every Saturday going to someones field and playing for hours. Every team loved Holly. Her antics on and off the field were legendary. After the second year of playing Holly was approached by a player from Judge Memorial and asked if she would consider coaching their team. They were desperate. Not wanting to see Judge lose their program, Holly recruited Laura Manning and Angie Leedy to help her out. She coached for two years. One should use the word coach loosely though as Holly was more of an HR rep. She never ran drills or thought up line ups. Instead she would talk to the girls about boy problems or family life etc.... Even though she didn't have a whistle, she was an essential part of that coaching staff.
During Holly's third year of lacrosse, the Salt Lake Club combined with the University of Utah. They got a new coach, new uniforms and started excelling on the field. This year was the first time a team from Utah ever beat BYU. Holly said it was one of the greatest days of her life. That summer was the first time a team from Utah was invited to the Vail Shootout as well. Holly would go to Vail on two teams and be on a travel team to Vegas and Lake Tahoe as well.
When the rules changed and universities were told that only current students could play, Holly decided to let Thor retire. She went on to have many more adventures with her lax buddies off the field.
Holly contracted cancer of the appendix two and a half years ago. She fought a good fight but in the end it took her life. She died at the age of 48 on April 10th 2016. Holly was a pioneer in bringing lacrosse to Utah and will be forever missed by her lax family.
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To send donation via mail:
Check payable to: NFCR
4600 East West Highway, Suite 525
Bethesda, MD 20814