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US LACROSSE EASTERN MID-ATLANTIC REGION


REHEATING THE HOTBED


Even on lacrosse-rich Long Island, the LIMLF finds ways to grow the game BY MARK MACYK


Who says you can’t teach Long Island laxers new tricks? Whether it’s developing adaptive lacrosse programs for wheelchair athletes and those with special needs, helping teams in underserved areas of New York City, or convincing veteran coaches in Nassau County to get certifi ed, one of US Lacrosse’s most established chapters is still fi nding ways to grow the game. When it comes to wheelchair lacrosse, they’re also growing the perspective of able-bodied players, who quickly fi nd out how diffi cult being handicapped could be when they play against Long Island’s wheelchair team. “The guys in the wheelchairs usually smoke them,” said Harry Jacobs, president of the Long Island Metro Lacrosse Foundation. “A lot of them come up to me afterward and say, ‘I’m so happy I have legs.’ It’s humbling for these kids.” Jacobs said less mature chapters could easily start up adaptive lacrosse programs. They just need a guy like Mike Nelson. Nelson, the president of Nassau County’s PAL youth league and a US Lacrosse LI Metro board member, started one of the island’s fi rst adaptive lacrosse


My USL Rep Andi O’Connor Eastern Mid-Atlantic


Andi O’Connor joined US Lacrosse in December 2012 and oversees development efforts in the Eastern Mid-Atlantic Region, including parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, the states of Delaware and New Jersey. A former Maryland and U.S. national team player and local lacrosse administrator/coach, O’Connor latched onto US Lacrosse as a Greater Baltimore Chapter Board member in the late 1990s and early 2000s and reconnected through the Coach Development Program as a trainer in 2009. How can US Lacrosse help grow the sport in your backyard? Contact Andi at aoconnor@ uslacrosse.org or 410-235-6882, extension 171.


32 US LACROSSE MAGAZINE May/June 2017


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TEAM USA IN BK Brooklyn (N.Y.)


girls’ lacrosse players pose for a photo with members of U.S. women’s national team after a clinic Dec. 3, 2016, at John Dewey High School, a target of the Lacrosse Communities Project.


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