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April 10, 2013

Gloucester introduces state's first adaptive lacrosse league

Cape Ann Youth Lacrosse has officially launched an Adaptive Lacrosse Program designed to provide those with physical, learning and/or cognitive disabilities the chance to learn the game of lacrosse in an appropriate environment.

The CAYL Adaptive Lacrosse Program is the first of its kind in Massachusetts and just the fifth of its kind in the entire country and is open to all communities and is open to kids ages 8-16. This program offers a way for kids with physical and developmental disabilities to enjoy the sport in a non-competitive and adaptive environment. Coaches and organizational participants will emphasize teamwork, sportsmanship, and skills development on an age and ability appropriate basis.

The program has high school and middle school lacrosse players from the community such as Gloucester, Manchester Essex and St. John’s Prep team up as a “buddy” or “mentor” to each adaptive participant. These buddy coaches assist in adapting the skills and teaching methods to the needs of each participant’s ability and specific requirements.

This program runs all spring. The first session with this past Sunday and it will run each Sunday until June 9 at Hyland Field in Manchester from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Those interested can still sign up or find more information at www.capeannyouthlacrosse.com.

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