CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — Eight local lacrosse teams met at Ninegret Park Sunday for the first ever Maddie Potts Lacrosse Tournament.
They played to honor the Chariho High School student many of them never knew, but whose legacy continues to inspire and bring people together.
Maddie died from an aneurysm on the soccer field September 2017. Since then, her parents have been working tirelessly to keep her memory alive and bring people together through a foundation in her name.
All of the funds raised Sunday will go to the Maddie Potts Foundation to help with scholarships. The foundation tells Eyewitness News, its current goal is to build the Maddie Potts Memorial Field House, in view of the area, Maddie saw before she died.
On Sunday, trophies were presented to the winning teams from both the boys and girls games. Each coach also picked a player from their team that best represented the “Maddie Mentality” to receive a special plaque.
Not only was it a beautiful day for lacrosse, but people who turned out for the games donated pet supplies for Vintage Pet Rescue and the Charlestown Animal Shelter. The drive was in honor of what would have been Maddie’s 19th birthday on April 11.