May 14, 2011 will be a day remembered for a long time. The first annual Pockets and Sockets Tournament, the brainchild of Jennifer and Andrew Bolger, commenced in Delray Beach, FL. Over 25 Florida teams, from Weston to Stuart, attended the 7v7 tournament with the proceeds benefiting the Michael Stolzenberg Trust. With over 300 players at the event, one stole the show. Playing in a lacrosse game for the first time since becoming a 4-time amputee, Mikey electrified the crowd with his inspiring play. Three short years ago, this moment didnâ€™t seem possible.
On July 22, 2008, Mikey was rushed to the emergency room with a bacterial infection that was not responding to antibiotics. He went into septic shock and bravely endured a ventilator and dialysis for the next seven weeks. Once the bacteria infecting Michael was finally identified as Chromobacterium Violaceum, the doctors were able to target it with effective antibiotics. As a true testament of his spirit, Mikey survived, but the oxygen deprivation to his limbs could not be reversed, sadly resulting in the amputation of both of his hands and feet.