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Yorktown Lacrosse Tourney Supports Blood Drive

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Twelve years after he died of Hodgkin's lymphoma, former Yorktown High School All-American lacrosse standout Matt Kull remains an inspiration in the community to help others.

This weekend, the Yorktown Athletic Club will be sponsoring the 12th annual Charlie Murphy Jamboree and Matt Kull Alumni Game at Yorktown High School on Saturday and Sunday with 90 boys and girls lacrosse teams from Westchester and Putnam counties and surrounding areas competing.

In addition, the Ninth Annual Matt Kull Memorial Blood Drive will be run by the American Red Cross in an effort to get 125 pints of blood.

"It's a great cause," said YAC member Joseph Frederick. "The intent of the day is a bunch of teams get together and play lacrosse for the fun of it."

Murphy started the highly regarded lacrosse program in Yorktown in 1966 with a donation of $500. Kull graduated from Yorktown in 1997 and went on to the University of North Carolina on a lacrosse scholarship. Six games into his freshman season his cancer was diagnosed and he died in 2000.

All the money raised over the weekend will be donated to the Matt Kull Foundation. Last year, Frederick said about $15,000 was raised.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

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