JR Schoen LaxJam burns bright in 7th year


For the last seven years, Darien Youth Lacrosse has held the JR Schoen LaxJam event to honor the memory of one of their youngest lacrosse players, JR Schoen.

In 2008, JR Schoen was a DYLAX player who, at the age of nine, lost his battle with a brain tumor.

Family and friends created the JR Schoen Memorial Foundation as a way to honor his memory, provide funding for research, and to support the care and comfort of those children inflicted with life-threatening illnesses among other things.

JR would be a senior at DHS graduating with his class this June.

The lacrosse community has embraced this event as a way to celebrate his love of lacrosse and his life.

The LaxJam is a series of shortened games and teams play in a round robin format for each age group.

While score is kept in the eight-minute running time games, the ultimate focus is fun, with awards given for best team costumes and best team names. Games are played on 25-yard long, short-sided fields with small goals. Kids are encouraged to be kids.

Some team names included: Donut Mess with Us, Ground Ball Bellas, Flying Pigs, Glue Wave Buddies, are just a few. 

Some of the tournament’s ground rules include:

In the spirit of fun-loving competition, all good-natured ribbing, heckling and trash talk is strongly encouraged.

Referees and tournament directors have the final say in all matters, including what constitutes truly ugly shorts.

All players without a smile on their face risk suspension for lack of spirit.