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Glastonbury Lacrosse Tournament Draws Top College Talent, Raises Funds for MS

July 14, 2014

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.

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About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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