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The sound of lacrosse balls rebounding off of plexiglass was merely background noise to the laughter coming from the turf in Wells Fargo Center this morning.

A few hours before their season opener, the Philadelphia Wings hosted an interactive on-field clinic with a few athletes from Special Olympics Pennsylvania. The lucky participants were able to learn the basics of lacrosse, while also practicing a variety of skill-building exercises directly with the Wings players. Even the team’s mascot, Wingston, joined in on the action!

The event proved to be equally enjoyable for both the Special Olympics athletes and the Wings players. For one member of the Wings organization in particular, their participation in this clinic was a little more personal to him and his own experiences.  

Chris Collins, a scout for the Philadelphia Wings, got emotional as he spoke to National Lacrosse League host Devan Kaney about the connection between his family and the kids of Special Olympics PA.

“My youngest sister, Kelsey, most beautiful girl in the world, she has down syndrome. Greatest gift to our family ever. It’s why I play, it’s why I do what I do,” Collins said.

Collins also talked about how important giving back is to the Wings organization, explaining that it is one of the most essential pieces of what they do as lacrosse players. Today was a prime example of how the Wings do just that in the Philadelphia community.

Luckily for the Special Olympics athletes, the fun didn’t just stop there. The Wings kindly gifted each participant a goody bag filled with all types of Philadelphia Wings related items and even tickets to tonight’s home opener against the Vancouver Warriors.

 

 

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