(L to R) Kristy Wasson, Bill Chapman and Robert Hope during the ceremonial face-off before the game between Team Educator/Boro Boys and the Peterborough Lakers. Photo by David Tuan Bui.

The undefeated 1967 Teachers, Boro Boys and PCO members of Peterborough faced the Peterborough Lakers (past and present) to a 16-16 draw.

Raffles, admission fees and donation boxes helped raise funds for the one-day event. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics athletes in a variety of ways.

“Money can fund a lot of things,” said Ernie Ellement, founder of Boro Boys. “It could be something as simple as sports equipment to help some families enroll.”

The annual game has been suspended for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so having the fundraiser was refreshing for Special Olympics coordinator Bill Chapman.

“The turnout was fantastic,” he said. “It was a fundraiser that I didn’t participate in like the others. Peterborough is always a community worth fighting for for every organization we have.”

The intermission featured shootouts with the Lakers broadcast team, members of the Peterborough PCO and Special Olympics athletes.

Players wore special red socks in honor of the Peterborough Red Stockings as they played the first lacrosse game in town in 1872.