By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 11/11/11
Twenty teams – 10 varsity and 10 JV squads – will compete Saturday in the inaugural Battle of the Counties Lacrosse Tournament for autism awareness at Syosset High.
The round robin tourney, conceived and organized by the Syosset Lacrosse Boosters Club and Coach John Calabria, runs from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Each team will play three games with action on five fields.
The varsity teams include Syosset, Hicksville, Great Neck South, Long Beach, Port Washington, Half Hollow Hills West, Roslyn, ESM, Shoreham and St. Anthony’s. (Click here for schedule.)
The major focus of the tournament (no admission) is to have a great day of lacrosse while simultaneously promoting awareness, tolerance and acceptance for autism in the name of BraveGoals4Autism, an extension of a non-profit organization founded nine years ago called 4BOYZ Autographs to Battle Autism (http://www.4boyzautographs.com/).
4BOYZ Autographs to Battle Autism was created by Syosset junior defenseman Kyle Haber and two of his brothers, twins Ryan and Sean (freshmen at Ohio State) along with their father, Larry. Their younger brother, Conor, 12, is autistic.
The recently created BraveGoals4Autism program has helped raise over $30,000 and is hopeful of raising over $100,000 in 2012. The funds go to educational and social skills enhancements for people with autism.
The brothers hope to educate people about autism, which is now diagnosed for one in every 110 children (and 1 in every 70 boys)! They created a highly-recognized documentary, “MAKING A DIFFERENCE: The Ascent Youth Alliance to Battle Autism.” The documentary was selected as the best educational documentary in the July 2010 NY International Independent Film & Video Festival (link to trailer-www.youtube.com/user/AYABANY).
“It’s all about making a difference and creating awareness for autism,” said Kyle. “We decided the easiest way to do this was have a tournament.
“It’s something fun and something competitive.”
For more information, people should access the TheBravegoals4autism facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/BraveGoals4Autism). The next activity is a spinning event called Brave Spin for Autism.