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  • Today’s guest blog comes from the Friendship Home.

    On Sunday, November 16th, North River Lacrosse and Cape Cod Lacrosse will host The Fall Friendship Lacrosse Festival for boy lacrosse clubs at Thayer Academy in Braintree and Fore Kicks in Taunton. All proceeds will benefit Friendship Home in Norwell, a nonprofit organization that serves people with developmental disabilities.

    The festival is a collaboration of Chris McGuirk, director of North River Lacrosse for players in the South Shore, and Greg Clements, director of Cape Cod Lacrosse for players in Cape Cod, the Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts. The two friends have been club lacrosse directors for many years and decided that a festival would be a perfect way for the lacrosse community to support the community.

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    “Greg and I both have built programs that primarily focus on the communities that we grew up in and now raise our own families in. We love this little corner of the world and relish the opportunity to be a part of the lacrosse community within it. As such, it is extremely important to us that we find ways to give back, and this Friendship Festival is a great way to do that,” McGuirk said.

    In keeping with the spirit of the day, Thayer Academy and all of the referees have discounted their rates in order to donate more funds to Friendship Home. “Greg and I were not sure if we could pull this off, but it became apparent very quickly that the lacrosse community was going to get behind this. To get almost 50 teams participating in our first year is a testament to how many people and organizations have been eager to get involved and to help,” McGuirk said. His ties with Friendship Home go way back to his family friendship with Wilma Goodhue, one of the co-founders of Friendship Home. “We are so thankful that the lacrosse community is supporting our mission. I have known Chris for years, and we are touched by the generosity of North River Lacrosse and Cape Cod Lacrosse,” Goodhue said.

    Goodhue and Joan Mullare, both Norwell residents, founded Friendship Home in 1999. As mothers of adults with developmental disabilities, their dream was to build a home that would enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by providing quality respite and support services in a safe and caring environment. Its programs range from job training and placement to social recreational clubs and overnight respite care for periods of one night to two weeks. Respite is a critical need for the 12,000 families across the state caring for individuals with developmental disabilities in their homes. The money raised at The Fall Friendship Festival will support Friendship Home’s programs. For more information about the festival, please visit www.northriverlacrosse.com and www.capecodlax.com.

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