Challenger Lacrosse - Adelphi/GCAA Clinic A Huge Success
On November 18th the captain of the Adelphi woman’s lacrosse team, Devan Crimi, hosted a free Challenger lacrosse clinic for all children with special needs.
The team ran the clinic at Adelphi University. Captain Devan Crimi saw the challenger players at St. Paul’s one Sunday and offered to have her players and some of the Adelphi men’s team players run a clinic with GCAA. It was a great opportunity to share some time with college lacrosse players. The clinic was indeed fun for everyone! Every player showed up with stick in hand and whatever gear they had. If they did not have gear, it was supplied to them free of charge. The clinic was open to all - no age limit - experienced and some (like my 7 year old autistic son) with no experience at all.
It was an absolute perfect moment for me when one of the Adelphi girls, after an hour of trying and coaxing with bags of candy, had my son throwing a lacrosse ball for the first time! This has brought so much joy to us, there are no words thank can fully express how thankful we are.
Thank you Adelphi - the volunteers - and the GCAA for such a wonderful Challenger program ! About The Challenger Program By Brian Collins, Challenger Lacrosse - Garden City
GCAA is one of four challenger lacrosse programs in the nation. They were the only program in NY State two years ago. Since then, Dix Hills and the Nassau County PAL have also started their own programs. The Challenger lacrosse team is very proud and appreciative of GCAA for giving them the opportunity to join the already successful GCAA Challenger Program. They were also welcomed by Tony Randi, who let them play in the Jay Gallagher Tournament.
In June of 2011 they hosted a game between GCAA Challengers and Dix Hills Challengers. The first time in the nation that two challenger teams met and played lacrosse! Lacrosse is such a big part of everyone’s life here in Garden City, that we feel the children with special needs should be included in the sport. They just need a place to play, and GCAA supplies that. Please spread the word to all that we are here. No experience necessary, no equipment necessary and there is no cost. As GCAA Challenger Baseball, Basketball, and Golf have taught us, these kids should have a place where they can leave their special needs at the sidelines, and enter the field as athletes, and play as kids.