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Glastonbury Lacrosse Tournament Draws Top College Talent

July 9, 2013

GLASTONBURY, Conn. – The 28th annual Glastonbury Lacrosse Tournament (GLT) will be held at Glastonbury High School on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21.

The Glastonbury Lacrosse Tournament is nationally recognized as one of the largest in the United States.  Year after year, the tournament 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 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 30 men’s teams and six women’s teams.

All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and the Glastonbury Youth Lacrosse Club.

The tournament is coordinated by Kevin McHugh and staffed by volunteers from the Glastonbury Lacrosse Club.

“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.”

The GLT became involved with the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, after the previous tournament director, Joe Cooper, began donating half of the proceeds of the tournament in memory of his brother, David Cooper, who passed away from complications of multiple sclerosis.

“The Glastonbury Lacrosse Tournament has supported the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, for more than two decades,” said Nicole Marohn, the chapter’s vice president of development. “Since it was first established, the tournament has raised nearly $50,000 for the chapter and those it serves.”

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents battle the effects of MS. Symptoms can include tingling and numbness in the extremities, fatigue, changes in vision, imbalance, pain, speech impairment, and, in some cases, paralysis. There is currently no cure for MS.

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.

Saturday’s games will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday’s will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about the multiple sclerosis and Do It Yourself fundraising, visitwww.ctfightsMS.org. For more information on the Glastonbury Lacrosse Tournament, visitwww.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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