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Lacrosse Clinic

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News May 2014

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and Wheelchair Lacrosse USA are teaming up for a two-day wheelchair lacrosse clinic May 14–15 in Las Vegas to educate chapter-level directors on the sport in hopes of expanding it to every major U.S. city.

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Chapter-level directors will learn about the rules along with the physical and mental aspects of the sport. The wheelchair version is slightly different than regular lacrosse — it’s played on a hockey rink versus a field and the ball doesn’t bounce — but the rules remain the same.

A consultant in the sports department of PVA, Erin Green says she began working with Wheelchair Lacrosse USA founders Ryan Baker and Bill Lundstrom in the spring of 2013 on the possibility of offering clinics to PVA members. Baker says he’s formed teams in seven major cities and hopes to create 15 additional teams over the next two years. With gaining interest, Green hopes to hold a second wheelchair lacrosse clinic on the East Coast this fall. The goal is to establish chapter teams across the country to compete in round-robin tournaments and an overall tournament each year and make it into a Paralympic sport.

“I believe the sport has the opportunity to grow and become very popular eventually, growing into a national or even an international sport, therefore helping Ryan’s dream of it becoming a Paralympic sport one day,” Green says. “Wheelchair lacrosse still calls for its players to swing sticks and check each other all for one reason — to get the ball away from their opponent. After watching them for a while, you can see where having a team and practicing with a team regularly will help tremendously with keeping the game rolling and moving at a fast pace.”

If you’d like to be part of a Washington, D.C., area team, contact Green at erring@pva.org or 321-946-2805. You don’t need to be paralyzed to play; you just need to be willing to play in a wheelchair (non-disabled players will be taught the needed wheelchair skills).

 

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