In 2019, Sunset High School Lacrosse lost a dear friend, lacrosse mom, pillar in the community, and Sunset supporter - Amy Duitsman - to cancer. Her many friends, family, students, and players in the community were all so deeply affected by the loss that a Sunset High School lacrosse game was held in her honor. They called it Amy’s Game. Amy’s game was not just a game. It was a gathering of support for Amy’s family, a fundraiser, and became a way for the community to give the “double bird” (think two middle fingers) to cancer. The double birds - pink and purple - surrounding a heart also serves as the Amy’s Game logo.
Amy’s Game was on pause for 2020 and 2021, but in 2022, we were back in full force. It remains a fundraiser, a nod to Amy, and more importantly, a way for all of us to remember those that lost their battle with cancer. In 2023, Amy’s Game will be held April 28 and for the first time a doubleheader of Boys and Girls Varsity teams. Once again, proceeds will go to The Dougy Center, an organization dedicated to supporting children and families who are grieving before and after a death.
Our inspiration was and is Amy. She was a mother, wife, and true friend to so many. She was loving, caring, positive, sassy, strong-willed, and funny. She was a gift to our community. Whether she taught you at Cedar Mill Elementary, worked alongside you, stood with you on the front lines of a march or sat with you at a sporting event, our community is a better place for having known her.
Our community lost another superfan in Krista Jellison...there was no bigger Sunset Lacrosse fan than Krista. For 14 years, she cheered on her three children through sun, rain and cold; no matter what, if her child was playing, she was there. Those who attended games with Krista might remember her as the loudest fan in the stands - nothing brought her greater joy. One of Krista's favorite quotes: LOOK SHARP, BE SHARP is a motto the girls teams have embodied since her daughter began coaching at Sunset. It encompasses the mindset of being intentional and the importance of taking care of the little things. The pink and purple pansy honors and celebrates Krista and the girls uniforms have both her motto and pansy incorporated in them.
We want to recognize another member of the Sunset Lacrosse community who we lost far too soon, Cam Craig. Cam is the father of former Sunset Youth and High School lacrosse players Callum Craig ('20) and Daniel Craig ('22). Cam coached 3/4 and 5/6 Youth teams and was a SYL board member for many years. Cam was about team and family, and was steadfast in his belief no one person could get it done alone. That spirit remains alive today with Sunset OHANA. Cam was passionate about getting kids to play, growing the game, and making sure they had fun. Cam is gone far too soon, but his passion for lacrosse, positive attitude, and willingness to move the game forward helped make what Sunset Lacrosse is today.