BUFFALO, NY –(release) The East Aurora High School Lady Blue Devils lacrosse team will be celebrating more than just their senior game against West Seneca West on Friday, April 29th. Students, staff, and community members will join together for the third year in a row to commemorate the life and legacy of long-time supporter, Michael Schafer.
Mike was a strong supporter of East Aurora lacrosse programs serving as President of the booster club and member of the Board of Directors. With his leadership and fundraising abilities Mike assisted the program by helping to provide scholarships for athletes to attend lacrosse camps, play in the winter league and have indoor preseason practice time. With his help, the program grew from one club team of varsity boys to four teams - varsity and junior varsity boys and girls - plus two club teams at the modified level. As a lacrosse dad, Mike could often be found on the sidelines cheering on his son, David (class of ’03) and daughter, Jennifer (class of ’07). With Mike’s passing two years ago, his children lost their biggest fan, and the lacrosse program lost a major advocate. Yet, Mike’s passion and enthusiasm for the game will forever remain a constant in the hearts of all who knew him.
Upon his death and in accordance with his generous personality, Mike gave the gift of life through organ donation with Upstate New York Transplant Services. Thanks to this selfless act, numerous people have received a second chance at life. As a reflection of the impact Mike made on the East Aurora lacrosse program, the Lady Blue Devils will be wearing lime green jerseys during their game specially designed by Laux Sporting Goods displaying the Upstate New York Transplant Services logo on the front, and Mike’s nickname, “Schafe,” across the back.
In preparation for the April 29th event, members of the Lady Blue Devils lacrosse team have designed posters promoting the Donate Life memorial game. Students will also be offered green Donate Life wristbands in exchange for “loose change” that will benefit UNYTS. In addition, team members will be giving educational morning announcements throughout the week of the game to increase awareness among the student body regarding the importance of organ donation.
The third annual Michael Schafer Memorial Lacrosse Game will be held on Friday, April 29th at 7:30pm at East Aurora High School, 1003 Center Street in East Aurora.
In attendance at the game will be Mike’s son and widow, Tracey. Time will be dedicated prior to the game’s start and during half-time to commemorate Mike’s life and to present Tracey with flowers.
Over 110,000 individuals are waiting for a life-saving transplant across the country, 10% are from New York State… 800 people live right here in Western New York. Sadly, an average of 18 patients dies everyday while waiting, simply because the organ they needed did not become available in time. A single donor can save or enhance the lives of up to 50 people through organ, eye, tissue & blood donation.