To perpetuate the memory of the late Seton Hill women’s lacrosse coach Kristie Quigley and assist in her young son Gavin’s scholarship fund, the Millersville women’s lacrosse team is selling crimson and gold wristbands embroidered with the slogan “onelaxfamily” and initials “KQ” for $8.
Quiqley, 30, and her unborn son passed away Saturday, March 17, when the bus carrying her team to Millersville for an afternoon game ran off the road and crashed into a tree on the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside of Harrisburg. The Baltimore, Md., native was in her second season as the head coach at Seton Hill and had previously coached and played at Duquesne University. Quigley is survived by her husband and son.
The wristbands are designed with Seton Hill’s school colors and are available for anyone to purchase. The slogan of “onelaxfamily” quickly started trending on Twitter when the outpouring of support began early Saturday following the accident. It represents the close-knit community of a sport that is the fastest growing in the United States. All 12 teams in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) will wear the wristbands for the remainder of the 2013 season.
“Immediately after learning the tragic details of the events that took place Millersville Lacrosse and the University as a whole felt it was necessary to aid the Seton Hill family during this tough time,” said Millersville head coach Mia Hall. “Knowing we were stuck in a helpless situation the best thing that we could do was to spread the word for prayers and support for the entire Seton Hill family. Kristie’s passing hits so close to home for all of us and my heart aches for her unborn son, Jackson, husband, and their son Gavin.”
Family friend Liz Goff established a web site to raise money for Gavin’s scholarship fund. Through Tuesday morning, the group site had already raised more than $23,000. The sale of the wristbands will continue to support the effort and serve as a reminder of the Seton Hill team and those involved in the accident.
“As a lacrosse community we are bound to one another and share that common bond of the game,” said Hall. “In times of triumph and tragedy and everything in between we view our close-knit society as a family. As players we view our coach as a parent while we are away from home, and as a coach we view our players as one of our own. We commonly refer to our teams as a family. In this horrible time our lacrosse community needs to be closer than ever and share the message of “onelaxfamily” and support the Quigley family and Seton Hill Lacrosse.”