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Duke to Dedicate Game in Memory of Meg Wasley
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/17/2011
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The Wasley family with Duke's Rebecca Krom, Emma Hamm and Mollie Mackler
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DURHAM, N.C. – In addition to facing a tough, non-conference opponent Saturday, this weekend’s game against Dartmouth will have an even greater meaning to the Duke women’s lacrosse team. The Blue Devils will dedicate the contest in the memory of eight-year-old Meg Wasley. Wasley, a close friend of the program, passed away in January after a year-long illness. Saturday’s contest, titled “Meg’s Game,” is slated for a 12 p.m. opening draw and will feature both a post-game ceremony and an open clinic in memory of Wasley.

In February of 2010, Wasley, then seven years old, was diagnosed with an inoperable malignant brain tumor. Through the Friends of Jaclyn program, Wasley, a native of Holly Springs, N.C., was paired with the Duke women’s lacrosse team and the two formed an instant bond as members of the team visited Wasley both in the hospital and at her home. The Blue Devils would play dress up, create music videos, perform arts and crafts and share numerous texts and calls with Wasley through the year. When her health would permit, Wasley would join the team on the sidelines for games as the squad’s self-proclaimed biggest fan.

In tribute to their friend, the Blue Devils have dedicated the season in her memory as the team wears “For the Love of Meg” bracelets and the posters Wasley created still hang in the locker room.

Duke plans to hold a silent auction, including signed memorabilia from various Blue Devil teams, with all proceeds going towards a memorial for Wasley. The auction will take place during the women’s lacrosse game Saturday and the men’s lacrosse game versus Dartmouth Sunday, March 20. Donations will also be accepted during both games.

Following the conclusion of the game between the Blue Devils and the Big Green, Duke will hold a ceremony to recognize Wasley’s family: mother Terri, father Jim and brother, Jake. Afterwards, the Blue Devils will hold a free clinic, running from approximately 2-3 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium. The clinic is open to girls of all ages and will feature instruction from head coach Kerstin Kimel as well as members of the Duke team. Additionally, the first 150 fans to arrive at Koskinen Stadium will receive Duke lacrosse t-shirts.

Lastly, the Blue Devils will wear commemorative t-shirts during warm-ups and patches on their uniforms in tribute to Wasley. The patches, in Wasley’s favorite colors of green and Duke blue, will remain on Duke’s uniforms the rest of the season, while the t-shirts carry the phrase “For the Love of Meg.”