Sarasota, FL (May 16, 2012) - The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch will host two events May 19 that will benefit The Joey Powers Leukemia Project and the Suncoast Communities Blood Bank.

The Joey Powers “Stick-in-Bash” will begin at 10 a.m.; participants will “throw their sticks in” with their age groups and the luck of the draw will determine the teams. Cost is $20 per person, and age divisions represented will include U9, U11, U13 and U15. There will also be a “high school plus” category for alumni, college and older players. Players must be registered U.S. Lacrosse members and are asked to wear reversible pennies (jerseys). The games are being touted as a great chance to play with players from different teams and to meet lacrosse players from all over. After the games, everyone is encouraged to join the party at Ed’s Tavern on Main Street Lakewood Ranch. Ten percent of the sales from the after-party will be donated to the Joey Powers Leukemia Project.

Suncoast Communities Blood Bank will also hold a Joey Powers Leukemia Project blood drive at Premier Sports Campus during the tournament, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All donors will receive a T-shirt; please bring a photo I.D.

The Joey Powers Leukemia Project's mission is to support families affected by pediatric leukemia by providing financial, educational and emotional support; to raise awareness about pediatric leukemia, and to make a difference in the lives of others.

Joey Powers loved competition. In seventh grade, he went to his first practice for the Lakewood Ranch Lightning, and quickly developed a passion for lacrosse that lasted until the day he passed away.

Joey was officially diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) on June 24, 2010, at the age of 16. During one stay at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, a nurse told him he was eligible for “Make A Wish.” Joey thought about it and decided what he wanted to do with his wish. “I want to have a party,” he said, “a party to raise money for all the families on the seventh floor at All Children’s Hospital, who are going through what we are going through.” He died Nov. 20, 2010, just one day before his 17th birthday. He never got to make his “wish” come true.

The Joey Powers Leukemia Project, headquartered in Bradenton, is a 501(c)(3) public charity founded in 2010. Molly and Shane Atwood established the Joey Powers Leukemia Project in honor of their nephew, Joey. It’s their mission to make Joey’s wish come true.

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About The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch
The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch is a multi-purpose facility that is home to 22 full-sized, mixed-use fields for soccer, lacrosse and other amateur sports, and features Celebration grass and underground irrigation. In 2011, the economic impact to the region totaled more than $30 million from events and tournaments at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch. With more than 30 events already scheduled for 2012, the economic impact is projected to be more than $70 million this year. The complex is used for amateur and professional top-flight and world-class sporting tournaments, events, camps and clinics and is located in Lakewood Ranch – the 8,500-acre, award-winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida.

Lakewood Ranch
The largest green-certified community in the US, Lakewood Ranch occupies 8,500 acres convenient to Sarasota and the Tampa Bay region. The master-planned community includes four golf courses, a country club and extensive recreational amenities, with housing options ranging from maintenance-free condominiums, single-family homes and estate-size properties. New home and lot packages begin in the low $200,000's.

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