On Saturday December 22nd, Servite held its annual alumni game.  A huge turnout of over fifty players took the field, with a sideline packed with over one hundred friends and family of the program. 

Although lacrosse was the main event at hand, the game served a larger purpose this year.  Friends and family gathered to honor 2014 defensemen, Donnie Ritter.  Donnie took his own life this past spring and alumni t-shirts were sold to help raise money towards a memorial fund in his name. 

The memorial fund is through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Servite Lacrosse will be making a donation to further honor Donnie, and support those who are struggling from depression and anxiety.  

“It is important that we honor this young man,” Head Coach Tom O’Leary said.  “He was a tremendous competitor and a beautiful human being.  It was great to have his family come to this event, as we want them to know his legacy lives on here at Servite. 

We will be retiring Donnie’s #19 jersey for the 2019 season.  Moving forward, we will nominate an outstanding defensemen that portrays the great characteristics that Donnie did, to represent the legacy behind #19.  Depression and anxiety are two very serious battles young people face today and we want to help provide support in any way that we can.” 

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  1. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. As I think we all know, teammates become family, and supporting those who have fallen on hard times or who have tragically passed away, while extremely challenging, is the epitome of brotherhood. Donnie was a son, a friend, and a soul we lost too soon. Thank you Servite, Coach O’Leary, and MaxLaxOC for taking the time to honor him.

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