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Taft Lacrosse Team Working to Raise Money for Veterans

 Taft High School lacrosse team
Taft High School lacrosse team
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Taft High School

NORWOOD PARK — The Taft High School lacrosse team is raising money for an organization that pairs veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with rescued dogs, school officials said.

Coach Rich Zei said he chose to help the War Dogs Making it Home charity after reconnecting with a childhood friend who served in the military and has a service dog to help him cope with PTSD.

The team will present the money it has raised by selling T-shirts and collecting donations to the charity at a game on May 9, when the mothers of players as well as seniors will be honored, Zei said.

The Taft lacrosse team is the largest it has been in four years, said Zei, who is in his first year as head coach.

"There is a lot of character — and characters — on this team and that keeps things fun," Zei said.

The team is also working to raise money to attend a tournament in Verona, Wisconsin, Zei said.

Taft, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., is the only public school from Chicago invited to the tournament, Zei said.

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