GLASTONBURY, Conn. – The 29th annual Glastonbury Lacrosse Tournament (GLT) will be held at Glastonbury High School on Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27, to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, and the Glastonbury Youth Lacrosse Club.
The Glastonbury Lacrosse Tournament is nationally recognized as one of the largest in the United States and, year after year, draws top talent from around the country as well as many local star athletes. The GLT is known as a player’s tournament, with teams often formed around cores of top local and national collegiate competitors. Many of the top Division 1, 2 and 3 schools around the nation are represented in the tournament. This year’s tournament will feature 27 teams.
All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and the Glastonbury Youth Lacrosse Club.
“The Glastonbury Lacrosse Tournament has supported the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, for more than two decades,” said Kara Preston, vice president of development and strategic partnerships at the chapter. “Since it was first established, has raised more than $50,000 for the chapter and those it serves.”
This year’s tournament will be coordinated by tournament director Kevin McHugh and the Glastonbury Lacrosse Club, which oversees all youth lacrosse activities in Glastonbury.
“The Glastonbury Lacrosse Club has helped make Glastonbury one of the top lacrosse towns in the state,” said McHugh. “The event keeps growing and growing, we’re really proud of it. We’re confident that it will continue to be a very competitive and fun tournament for the players.”
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system affecting roughly 6,000 Connecticut residents. The cause is unknown and there is currently no cure for MS. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness, loss of mobility and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis.
The GLT is an example of Do It Yourself fundraising. Funds raised through Do It Yourself fundraising events, such as the GLT, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter.
For more information about multiple sclerosis and Do It Yourself fundraising, visit www.ctfightsMS.org. For more information on the Glastonbury Lacrosse Tournament, visit www.glastonburylaxtourney.org.