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MOTIVATION, INSPIRATION, GROWTH, IMPACT


THE MASS BAY WAY


MBYLL, celebrating its 25th anniversary, offers a


blueprint for growing the game in your community BY MATT DASILVA


The largest lacrosse league in the world turns 25 this spring. And though youth sports have become increasingly privatized since the Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League formed in 1992, its leaders remain committed to the public model. More than 20,000 players and 2,000 coaches compete under the MBYLL umbrella, which encompasses 160 towns in eastern and central Massachusetts. “But it’s not about our size,” said Tom Spangenberg, president of MBYLL. “It’s about community-based youth lacrosse led by volunteers. Every team is tied to a town, zip code or city so that we can hold each other accountable for how we are growing the game.”


continued on page 20 USlaxmagazine.com May/June 2017 US LACROSSE MAGAZINE 19


©GREG KLIM


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