Kirk Ventiquattro was named Empire State Cup Director today. He will serve as head of competition committee, as well as assist with staffing of coaches.
Kirk is the 52 year old Carthage High School lacrosse coach who was inducted into the Upstate Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall Of Fame in the fall of 2010. His teams have won 80% of their games over his 25 year career. Carthage teams have won 18 Frontier League titles, 6 Section 3 Class B titles and made 3 State Championship appearances. He has helped over 200 boys play college lacrosse including 35 division 1 players including his two sons who were high school All Americans.
Coach also has taught lacrosse or coached all star teams in Baltimore Maryland, Dallas Texas, Los Angeles Californian and Seattle Washington, among other places. He has spoken on three occasions at the National Lacrosse Convention in Baltimore Maryland.
Three of his players have gone on to become some of the world’s most recognizable lacrosse names, the Powell Brothers, Casey, Ryan and Mike. All 4 time all Americans at Syracuse and all national lacrosse champions.
Coach “V” now faces his toughest opponent of his life, Prostate Cancer. On July, 13th of this year he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostate Cancer. On August 24th Coach had a radical prostatectomy; he is currently receiving hormone therapy and is scheduled for 40 radiation treatments beginning January 3, 2012 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York City. The five year survival rate of his particular cancer nation wide is 31%.
Coach wants to share his story of how cancer has changed his perspective and his Christianity. This two prong message entitled “The Game of Crosses” will address prostate cancer and the need for early detection by either or both a digital rectal exam and PSA (prostate specific an
tigen) test by at least at the age of 40. His Christian message will address his having changed his Christianity from a “closet Christian” to a man on fire for Jesus since he has been forced to accept his own immortality.
“I have heard the words none of us ever wanted to hear: “You have cancer.” The first thing I did was decide immediately that I needed to “step up my faith and get the “word out”, the word being that of both Salvation and prostate cancer.”
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