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Knighthawks' clinic introduces kids to a new way to be active

November 08, 2018 11:47 PM

Rochester Knighthawks defenseman Brad Gillies worked with kids Thursday afternoon, teaching them some lacrosse fundamentals, like ground balls, passing, and shooting.

"They did awesome. They picked it up pretty quick. They looked like they were having fun, passing, catching, scoring goals on us. It was a successful day," said Gillies.

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Many of the children in attendance have never picked up a stick before, so getting a tutorial from a pro was an exciting way to learn.

"He's kind of a superstar here in Rochester. I know that the kids know who he is," said Gerianne Puskas, vice president of development, Villa of Hope."They're going to see the news on TV and they're going to see him. We'll have a few opportunities to go to games this year so the kids are going to see him on the field and say, 'hey I got to play with this superstar.'" 

Gillies added, "We're trying to grow this game the best we can, and it's a game that's accessible to everybody. It's not limited to certain people, anyone can play this game. It's important that we show that, and we did that today."

Villa of Hope helps families and children recovering from trauma. 

The Knighthawks clinic introduces kids to a new way to be physically active, but it also proposes a potential new emotional outlet for those who need it. 

"Regardless of what else might be going on with their lives, they deserve to be kids and we want them to be able to have all of those experiences," said Puskas. 

"If lacrosse can be that outlet, then that would make my day. It's an amazing sport that's given me a lot so if I can give back and show these kids something that they love then that's a really cool thing," said Gillies. 

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