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.