I am a proud (former) lacrosse player. In fact, I love my lacrosse family still! We follow each other on Facebook, and when I feel a bit old I pop in our Senior Year mix CD and feel like I’m 17 again! It’s amazing how uplifting sports can be, but it’s also inspiring how understanding a community can be. This is my second post in the name change department, and I am proud to know this family (even though we have yet to meet in person). Sadly, as I was sitting down to write this piece, an email came through from a young man calling me “retarded” and cursing at me. I have not and will not be responding to him, but it brings me sadness and a deeper understanding as to why many people who have shared their stories with me do not want their names given. I will not be sharing this next family’s name, but I will say that they are supportive in our community and I am SO proud of their accomplishment!
A family in Maryland took to the field this season, as their local boys’ lacrosse team division name “Midget” was one that pulled at their heart strings. As parents to a son who participates in the league and a son who has achondroplasia, the local coach changed the name immediately last season. This year, however, a league-wide decision was made to make a change to “Middies”- which the girls’ division has been named for years!
In an email with one of the family members who helped make the change:
“This was a long process (took about 8 months) before any final decision from the league, but that’s just the red tape. It really didn’t take much on my part and I wanted other parents and little people to know that there are good, open-minded people in the world that are willing to listen and help make changes for the better.”
GO TEAM! I hope you have a wonderful season this year!
Although some sports organizations have made leaps and bounds to make their members more a part of the team, some have not. Many people have contacted me about Pop Warner football teams they’ve gotten little to no response from- many of these families have chosen other sports for their children, both average height and LP, due to the lack of acknowledgement. I am currently focusing on a New England ice hockey team, but anyone who would like to get or offer guidance, please contact me!