This article appears in the Southeast version of the April edition of USA Lacrosse Magazine. Help fuel the growth of the sport and get the magazine delivered directly to your mailbox. Join USA Lacrosse today.
Ryan Alberque caught the lacrosse bug early.
Then, just as quickly, he hit a roadblock.
When his older cousins and brother wanted more development and structure, they had their pick of camps and leagues across North Carolina’s greater Triangle. But when Ryan, 12, who has Down syndrome, was ready to move on from front yard lacrosse into something more formal?
“There was nothing,” said Jim Alberque, Ryan’s father.
Thanks to Endless Sports, that’s no longer the case.
Fueled by high school volunteers, sponsors and a director whose passion for the sport is perhaps only bested by his passion for helping others, Endless Sports’ new “inclusive lacrosse league” has emerged as a tangible — and popular — option for children, teen and adult athletes with disabilities across the state.