Funds Raised for Charity at John Jay-Yorktown Lax Game

The referee gives Conner instructions for his pregame coin toss. Credits: Bob Castner/
Jen Brown, Julie Minard and Colleen Adamec sell raffle tickets. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
The Curran family and other spectators stand proudly for the national anthem before the game. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
Conner Curran, Chris Curran, Lewisboro Supervisor Peter Parsons, Jessica Curran, Will Curran and Kyle Curran Credits: Rob DiAntonio
Back row: Sgt. David Alfano, Chris Curran, Lewisboro Supervisor Peter Parsons, Jessica Curran, Officer Andrew Llewellyn; front row: Kyle Curran, Conner Curran and Will Curran. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
Everyone was #connerstrong on Friday night at John Jay-Cross River high school. Credits: Marisol Katchadurian
John Jay-CR students came out to support the cause and cheer on the Indians. Credits: Marisol Katchadurian
John Jay lacrosse players sport their Kindness over Muscular Dystrophy red shirts as they head to the field for the big game. Credits: Gabe Palacio/
Conner Curran is ready to perform the coin toss. Credits: Gabe Palacio/

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – It was about more than just the game when rivals John Jay-Cross River and Yorktown met up on the lacrosse field on Friday night.

The teams came together to bring awareness and raised over $3,500 for Kindness over Muscular Dystrophy. Conner Curran is a 7-year-old from Ridgefield, Conn., who’s fighting Duchenne muscular dystrophy. His parents, Chris and Jessica Curran, are John Jay graduates who created the non-profit organization, Kindness over Muscular Dystrophy, to help find a cure for the disease.

Conner performed the coin toss prior to the game and was presented with a brand new lacrosse stick by John Jay captain Braden Burke at halftime.

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KOMD helmet stickers and warm-up shirts were worn by both teams in a thrilling game won by John Jay, 7-6. It was the Indians’ first victory over the Huskers since 2010.

“As big as this game was, playing for that cause is much bigger,” said John Jay junior Bryce Ford. “It was an honor to be chosen to represent the Curran family and I hope the donations and time they had tonight meant the world.”

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