On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, our Executive Director presented at the 15th Annual PA Neglected and Delinquent Leadership Symposium about the benefits of lacrosse as a therapeutic activity. He discussed the lacrosse program being run at the Children’s Home of Reading and the benefits for the clients who participate. Additionally, Scott spoke to the needs of the clients there as well as how the program meets those needs. Highlighted are the gains in positive behavior achieved by clients at CHOR.

As part of the presentation, Scott announced the formation of an RTF lacrosse program slated for a late-winter/Spring 2018 start. This program will focus on helping clients in Residential Treatment Facilities and other placements to learn, practice, and play the sport of lacrosse while being coached by current and former players/coaches/officials trained by Adaptive Lacrosse PA to work with this specialized population. AdLaxPA projects that the program will feature weekly sessions throughout the year and opportunities for potential play amongst facilities participating in the RTF therapeutic lacrosse program.

Additionally, he noted that it is not just a lacrosse program. He discussed the integration of a Life Skills component, an academic piece, taught by their trained coaches, focused on acquisition of various life skills including confidence building, communication skills, problem solving, conflict resolution, and several other skills. AdLaxPA also plans to include an academic enrichment program as well. Additionally, players would be expected to participate in a community service project as part of the program.

The focus is on building a “whole person” through the use of lacrosse, the associated academics, and community service activity. For more information, please contact Scott at scott.smith@adaptivelacrossepa.org. Be sure to check back here for updates on this and other programs offered by Adaptive Lacrosse PA.