Taft Conlin lacrosse wall dedication
Taft Conlin was in the seventh grade when he tragically died. Now Taft’s love for lacrosse has been transformed into a lasting memorial honoring the Eagle County teen.
The Conlin family chose to build a lacrosse ball wall with memorial funds raised by the community and felt lacrosse in the valley would be best served by having a wall at Eagle Valley High School, so that established programs would have access to the amenity. As evidenced by the newest high school program at Vail Mountain School, lacrosse is well loved and growing in the valley.
Maddi Conlin, Taft’s sister, played four years at Battle Mountain High School, and also played in her younger years with many members of the EVHS girls lacrosse team members. Both Taft and Maddi have lacrosse friends up and down the valley. Their family loves both girls and boys lacrosse and wanted to create a lasting memorial to Taft so that boys and girls in the valley would benefit in their pursuit and love of the game for years to come.
Through dedication and perseverance the wall project is now finished. It came to include some field space around the wall, and will be recognized as the The Love Of Lacrosse Ball Wall and Fields in memory of Taft Conlin #12.
All lacrosse players from up and down the valley, boys and girls, are invited to attend the dedication of the ball wall on Thursday, May 27. The time will be announced but it will most likely take place after school. Bring your stick.
By Christmas Eve Day 2017, when chairs 7, 10, 11, 14 and 26 still had not yet opened for the season on Vail Mountain, the resort knew something had to be done. Less than two years later Vail Mountain would be completing one of the most ambitious projects in the resort’s history.