Greater Buffalo Adaptive Sports Partners with the Buffalo Bandits to Develop Special Lacrosse

Shfprofile%28redreverse%29 The Sled Hockey Foundation on Dec 20, 2019 | News

Key Bank Center, home of the Buffalo Bandits professional lacrosse team, served as the perfect venue for an afternoon of adaptive lacrosse for people with cognitive disabilities. Greater Buffalo Adaptive Sports collaborated with the Bandits to conduct a lacrosse clinic for 17 participants on Saturday, November 30th that proved to be a terrific experience for everyone involved.

Several Buffalo Bandits players provided instruction to the athletes, young and old, who came to experience lacrosse on this big stage in downtown Buffalo.  Norm Page, president of the GBAS board of directors, and Mike Steffen, a long-time organizer of adaptive sports in Western New York, planned the event with an eye on growing adaptive youth lacrosse programs for 2020. They welcomed Donovan Dennis, the manager of diversity and inclusion for US Lacrosse, who came to support the event and celebrate the effort to grow lacrosse for everyone in the community.

“It’s great to support this effort to not just grow the sport of lacrosse, but to bring these athletes with disabilities into the experience,” Donovan stated, adding, “We want to see everyone have a chance to play – Greater Buffalo Adaptive Sports is making that happen.”

Norm, Mike, Donovan, and everyone involved are looking forward to the spring of 2020 to conduct more clinics to expand participation and further organize both special lacrosse, for people with cognitive impairment, and adaptive youth wheelchair lacrosse, for young athletes with mobility disabilities.

Norm said, “We’re really excited to see so many people come out today. This has been fun and encourages these athletes and their families to look forward to more recreational options. That’s what GBAS does – we work to change people’s lives with these kinds of opportunities.”

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