A Glastonbury veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan last year was chosen as one of two honorees for the 7th annual Sticks For Soldiers Thanksgiving Lacrosse Tournament in Fairfield.
On May 26, 2011, Glastonbury native US Army Captain Gregory Galeazzi, an Army Ranger, was seriously wounded while on patrol in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. A blast caused severe injuries to his legs and right arm; both legs had to be amputated above the knees, and his right arm was critically damaged.
Galeazzi is a graduate of Glastonbury High School, an Eagle Scout, and a graduate of the Loyla University AROTC program. He is currently continuing his recovery and rehabilitation at Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
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Galeazzi was chosen as one of two honorees for the Sticks for Soldiers Thanksgiving Lacrosse Tournament, a high school charity lacrosse tournament held in Fairfield to raise money for wounded troops. Held on Thanksgiving Saturday, the tournament is sponsored by the Fairfield Ludlowe High School lacrosse team. Begun in 2006, the tournament has raised over $160,000 in 6 years.
The tournament will have nearly 50 high school teams in boys and girls lacrosse, with approximately 700 participating athletes.
This year’s tournament is also honoring United States Marine Corps. Sgt. Greg Caron of Ellington, who lost both his lower legs and suffered nerve damage from an IED explosion in Afghanistan the day after Veteran’s Day in Nov. 2011. It is planned that Sticks For Soldiers and several other non-profits will help contribute to building a home for Caron and his family in Ellington.
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