Come watch the Boys’ Lacrosse Teams take on Miramonte tonight at Acalanes (JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7pm) and help support the Matt Lynn Memorial Scholarship Fund!
Matt, a 1999 AHS graduate, was a high school varsity swimmer, water polo player and club lacrosse player. He attended UCSB where he played lacrosse for four years, and was a member of the 2004 Men’s National Championship team. He was an assistant coach for the AHS boys’ junior and varsity lacrosse teams during the 2004 – 2007 seasons. While coaching during the last two years, he fiercely battled brain cancer with surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Coach Ringwood, AHS’s Head Lacrosse Coach, grew up playing lacrosse with Matt and went on to play with Matt at UCSB. Coach Ringwood and Matt also coached together at AHS.
Six months after being diagnosed, Matt decided to continue coaching at AHS because he wanted his players to know that cancer is not always a terminal disease. Wearing a helmet on the sidelines after brain surgery or running sprints after a chemotherapy treatment showed his players that surviving cancer required hard work and courage.
Three years ago, the UCSB Men’s lacrosse team established an annual tradition of voting for the player who most exemplifies Matt’s values and play: love of the game, dedication to his teammates, courage and leaving everything on the field. The selected player wears Matt’s #19 for the season. Last year’s #19 recipient wrote this: “When I put on my #19 jersey for the first practice of the season, I really had no idea how difficult it was going to be to constantly maintain the sort of effort and determination that Matt was known for. It has been quite challenging, albeit extremely rewarding, to try and live up to the expectations that Matt has set for the #19. I sincerely hope that I can help shape the program as he did. He has managed to set an example of selflessness and diligence that the whole team has benefited from.”
Shortly after Matt died December 13, 2009 from brain cancer, the Lynn Family decided to establish an AHS scholarship fund in his name. The Lamorinda community continues to support the scholarship fund through several fund-raising and cancer awareness events annually. The Lynn family’s hope is to award scholarships in Matt’s name for many years to come.
There will be a donation table set up and we will be collecting gate entry fees to benefit the scholarship fund. Donors can make checks payable to the East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF); “Matt Lynn Memorial Scholarship” should be written in the memo line. The contributions can also be mailed to EBCF, 200 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612. Their tax ID is 94-6070996.
The snack shack will also be open during tonight’s game.