BALTIMORE, Md. – The Goucher College men's lacrosse team and Team Up For 1 Organization held an adoption ceremony for Max, a 12-year old boy whose challenges include autism, on Wednesday night in the Decker Sports and Recreation Center.
The ceremony included 30 friends and family of Max, the Goucher men's lacrosse team and media coverage from WMAR TV-2. Charlie Levine, the founder of Team Up For 1, presented Goucher College Director of Athletics/Associate Dean of Students Andrew Wu and men's lacrosse coaching staff with a plaque while the Gophers men's lacrosse captains presented Max with his MVP Trophy and the No. 13 jersey because that is Max's favorite number. Max's mom also had a moving speech to close out the ceremony and then everyone in attendance enjoyed cake.
Max has already been a part of team activities for several weeks, including meeting with the team during warmups, watching the game from the hill at Beldon Field and leading the team to the victory bell after a win. He has had the chance to ring the victory bell for Goucher wins against Delaware Valley (March 9), Gordon (March 11) and Neumann (March 13).
His father noted during an interview with WMAR TV-2 that the adoption ceremony was very special, but he really enjoys Max's interactions with the team especially when Max has gotten to ring the victory bell.
Max and the Goucher men's lacrosse team returns to action on Saturday at home against Elizabethtown College. Game time is 1 p.m.
About Team Up For One Organization
TU41 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates locally – located right outside of Baltimore. They connect children with developmental disabilities and chronic or life threatening illness with high school and college sports teams in the area, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for these children and their families. We do this by promoting a team 'adoption' which turns into team activities, MVP ceremonies and many Team Up For 1 programs that create a bond between the child/family and the athletes/coaches on the sports team.
For more information on Team Up For 1 or if you know someone that could benefit from the organization, visit their website at www.teamupfor1.org.