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Posted on Thu, May 9, 2013 : 1:20 p.m.

Pioneer and Skyline lacrosse programs raise $5,000 for Vada Murray Fund through fundraising games

By Kyle Austin


Pioneer boys and girls lacrosse players face off against one another Friday.

Courtesy of Jeff Terrell

The Pioneer and Skyline boys and girls lacrosse teams raised $5,000 for the Vada Murray Fund for Cancer Research during a pair of fundraising games last Friday.

The two schools held intrasquad games between its boys and girls teams and raised money by selling tickets and t-shirts.

Murray was a former Michigan football player and longtime Ann Arbor police officer who died in 2011 from lung cancer. Money raised through the Vada Murray fund goes toward funding cancer researchers at the University of Michigan.

Murray’s widow, Sarah Murray, and Ann Arbor Police Chief John Seto were present at the games and served as guest coaches. Both games featured brothers and sisters taking faceoffs against one another

The Skyline men won 5-4 in overtime, and the Pioneer women won 9-7.

The Vada Murray fund is also in the preliminary stages of organizing an Ann Arbor City Tournament for high school lacrosse next season at Michigan Stadium. The event would feature the boys and girls teams from Pioneer, Skyline, Huron and Father Gabriel Richard, and precede a University of Michigan game.