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Kicks for Sticks 5K and Fun Run Take Place Jan. 8 at the Jacksonville Landing

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– NBC Biggest Loser Contestants Olivia Ward, Hannah Curlee to Meet Runners, Visitors –

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (December 12, 2011)  The charitable organization of the Jacksonville Bullies, The Crosse Foundation, invites runners and their guests to take part in the Kicks for Sticks 5K run at 9 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 8 at the Jacksonville Landing in downtown Jacksonville. The event is an annual fundraiser in which all proceeds are donated to the Lighthouse Lacrosse Foundation, a nonprofit agency that advances and supports the sport of lacrosse in northeast Florida and other activities that benefit the community. “We use lacrosse to help our local youth learn about sportsmanship, teamwork and to open doors for some of our young people to receive college scholarships, and the 5K is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said foundation spokesperson Brianne Toole. Olivia Ward, the winning contestant of Season 11 on the NBC Reality Show The Biggest Loser, along with her sister and Biggest Loser Contestant Hannah Curlee, will be on hand to greet and meet participants before and after the run. Runners can register at any 1st Place Sports location, or by visiting the website at The Kicks for Sticks 5K begins at 9 a.m., followed by a Kicks for Sticks Fun Run at 9:05 a.m. Jacksonville Bullies players and dancers will also attend, with food, vendors and live music provided as part of the event. Sponsorships and vendor booths are also still available.  For more information, contact 904-379-2655, e-mail or visit   About the Jacksonville Bullies The Jacksonville Bullies are one of five North American Lacrosse League (NALL) teams formed in the summer of 2011 in preparation for NALL’s Inaugural Season in 2012. The Bullies first home game will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 28, 2012 at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville – one of six home games scheduled through April as part of a 12-game season.  Other NALL franchises are located in Hershey, Pa., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Louisville, Ky. and Charlotte, N.C. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America, with more than 550,000 participants around the country. For more information, contact (904) 379-2655 or visit