It’s not often that a Bar Mitzvah project renews itself years after and continues to raise money for a good cause. But Sam Rosenberg and Evan Phillips, 15 year old High School students from New Rochelle, have done just that. For the fourth year, the boys have organized and hosted The BE A GOOD COOKIE Lacrosse Tournament, bringing their total raised to more than $50,000 in support of children’s cancer research and their goal of funding a new pediatric cancer clinical research trial.
This year, the March 31 tournament raised $14,000. “We started this tournament because we both love lacrosse and wanted to give back while also having fun,” said Rosenberg. “We originally founded the tournament as a bar mitzvah project but decided to keep it going because of how good it makes us feel to give back.”
Both boys play lacrosse for their school teams; Rosenberg at New Rochelle High School and Phillips at Salisbury School in Conn. The Rosenberg family are members of Temple Israel of New Rochelle and the Phillips family belongs to Larchmont Temple.
“We knew we wanted to do something that would have a positive impact on kids,” said Phillips. “With cancer being the number one cause of death by disease of children in the U.S., Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was a great fit for what we hope to achieve.”
With fifteen teams of 5th-8th grade boys participating from lower Westchester and Greenwich, Conn., The Sports Underdome in Mount Vernon, was filled with hundreds of families. The teams competed in brackets named for cookie favorites like sugar, oatmeal and chocolate chip. This year’s winners were the 5th grade team, Sugar Cookies, from Larchmont/Mamaroneck Youth Lacrosse, the 6th grade Oatmeal Cookies, also known as Greenwich Warriors and an 8th grade Chocolate Chip team from Pelham. All winning teams received a customized champion’s medal.
All proceeds from the Be A Good Cookie Tournament go to COOKIES FOR KIDS CANCER, a national 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for research into less toxic, more effective treatments for childhood cancer, the leading disease killing children in the United States.
“With pediatric cancer research receiving less than 5 percent of federal money earmarked for cancer research, Cookies for Kids Cancer is a great fit for what we hope to achieve,” explained Phillips. “This is an organization dedicated to finding new treatments for kids’ cancer and it feels great knowing that our efforts are helping them to do so.”
To join the fight and make a donation, visit http://www.cookiesforkidscancer.org/fundraiser/stickittocancer2019. The boys hope to continue running the tournament through their high school years. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is dedicated to raising funds for pediatric cancer research. The organization provides support and resources for individuals and businesses to host grassroots events, as well as other simple ways for anyone to get involved.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was founded in 2008, by parents inspired by their young son’s courageous battle with neuroblastoma. Since inception, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has granted $16 million to childhood cancer research. As a result, 110 research grants have been awarded, leading to 42 new treatments available to kids today. Learn how you can get involved at cookiesforkidscancer.org.