By: Sam Ingles
The inaugural year of Shootout for Soldiers Raleigh, the FVLAX Goblins have set the standard for team participation. Holding the top 2 spots on their leaderboard with their Varsity and JV Teams, as well as the 6th with their U13 team, the Goblins have raised a total of $2,680 dollars.
Founded in 2011 by Brad and KC Wheeler, the Goblins are more than just another lacrosse program, they are a supportive community unlike any other. FVLAX was designed as an alternative sport for athletes to participate in during the spring and summer seasons, still encouraging players to compete in fall and winter sports. By doing this, not only are the Goblins players becoming more well-rounded athletes, a culture of support and companionship is being formed unlike any other, or as the Wheeler’s would have it, “#Uncommon”. The team mantra embodies the divergence from stereotypical lacrosse programs and instead embraces the team’s diversity and emphasis on teamwork.For the Goblins, this event is more than just another summer tournament opportunity, it is a learning experience for their players. Both Brad and KC’s fathers served in the Air Force, as well as numerous other family members, students, and parents of players who served or are currently serving.
“We know you outgrow Championship T-shirts and misplace weekend trophies and medals… for our program and our kids it is more important to show them what service means and does, how a game can heal and to do something that is far greater than an accomplishment done for just the prize,” explains Brad Wheeler, FVLAX Founder. “We were humbled and very proud of how quick the support and generosity came from our friends, current as well as former players and parents, and lax families we have interacted with over the years.”
Brad Wheeler believes that this event will impact his players more than any other tournament could or should. The compassion and competitiveness of lacrosse brings out the comradery of his players, both past and present, continuing the cyclical model of picking up where the last player left off.