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ST. LOUIS-- For the past few weeks, the Missouri Baptist Men's Lacrosse team has been volunteering with the Disabled Athletes Sports Association (DASA), teaching the athletes wheelchair lacrosse.
In partnership with the St. Louis Samurai Lacrosse Club, DASA is starting a wheelchair lacrosse team. For the past three Saturdays, the Spartan men have been suiting up and playing on wheels as well.
The goal of the program is to grow the wheelchair lacrosse team into a national travel team and take the DASA players to tournaments to play other wheelchair lacrosse teams.
Junior midfielder Austin Dahl was very appreciative of the opportunity and can't wait to go back.
"I've done a good amount of different volunteer and charity events that relate back to lacrosse but this was by far my favorite one. They were so welcoming to us," Dahl commented. "I definitely look forward to going back."
Dahl's fellow junior, defender Jake DeBeir echoed those sentiments.
"My experience with DASA has been extremely rewarding. This program is the perfect opportunity to serve as I am able to take a sport that I know well and apply it in a new environment, all while helping veterans that have served our country," Debeir said. "My teammates and I greatly anticipate going back each week. Working with these athletes has promoted an entirely new sense of humbleness and gratitude within our team."
This Saturday, MBU will donate 30 helmets to fully outfit the DASA St. Louis Wheelchair Lacrosse team.