Lacrosse community rallies around Stewart family
The Moose Jaw lacrosse community is coming together to celebrate the life of one of their own.
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Ken Stewart, left, and his son Hunter (foreground) talk to Gary Roberts before the Juno Cup game in April at Mosaic Place.
By Katie Brickman
“That’s the thing about lacrosse — we are all one big family, we grew up together playing,” said Frank Davolos.
Davolos credited Kenny Stewart and his dad Barry Stewart with teaching him everything he knew about lacrosse.
Kenny died on Nov. 15 in a single vehicle accident just outside Regina.
He was 29 years old and left behind his wife Courtney and three children — Hunter, nine, Hailey, six and Hannah, four.
“We lost such a huge part of not only Moose Jaw lacrosse, but such a huge part of the community,” stated Davolos. “He had a big part in a lot of people’s lives.”
On Saturday night, members of the lacrosse community will be playing at the YaraCentre the game that Stewart loved.
YaraCentre donated the field for four hours after reading Davolos’ blog.
Davolos and Stewart played catch the week before Stewart died.
“We were talking about getting a pick up game with all the old lacrosse players that we used to play with and have a game for fun,” he said. “When he died, I just decided to organize this in his memory and to celebrate his life.”
There are three pick up games scheduled, beginning with the mini tykes and tykes playing at 5 p.m. and the novice, pee-wee and bantam levels playing at 6 p.m. Then from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the junior, senior, midgets and alumni will take to the field.
“You are never going to be okay with not having a friend around, but I think this is a unique and fun sort of way to celebrate Kenny’s life instead of just mourning a death,” explained Davolos. “This is a way to get everyone together again, playing for an amazing cause and it helps us deal with it, but more so because we know we are doing all we can to help the family.”
The money rose through a silent auction, a toonie toss and the $20 fee from the approximate 80 players, will go directly to Stewart’s family. Others can drop by and admittance is by donation.
“We decided that it would go to the family with the emphasis on the kids,” said Davolos. “We will give it to the family, but we hope they put it towards a trust fund for the kids. We feel bad about Kenny leaving behind a little boy and two little girls.
“We are just trying to do our part to give back to them.”
Included in the silent auction is a Gordie Howe signed jersey, a Grey Cup jersey, an iPad mini and other donated items from Bobby’s Place and Original Joe’s.
“It is going to be a really fun event and a cool way to celebrate the life of one of the greatest lacrosse players and people that we know,” said Davolos. “It is just something we wanted to do for the family because they have been so amazing. Just try and remember Kenny in a positive way.”
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