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Lax Out ALSIn 2004, Northport High School biology teacher David Deutsch was diagnosed with ALS. Students of Northport High school rallied behind their teacher and started a grass roots fundraising effort called A Midwinter Night’s Dream. To date, this grass roots student effort has raised 3.5 million dollars in the fight against ALS. David’s legacy as a teacher was to allow students to dream, inspire them to reach goals, and push them to believe that nothing was impossible. David’s legacy grows in every student at Northport High school and we believe his ideology can be spread to other students and school districts. Last year, AMND partnered with the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins in a student fundraising initiative entitled Team Packard.

The goal of Team Packard is to empower students to make a difference in the fight against ALS and to promote service learning and collaboration amongst students and school communities in the program. In our inaugural year, Team Packard registered 16 schools nationwide and raised $102,000 for ALS Research.

One successful initiative last year was entitled “Lax out ALS”. Cold Spring Harbor High School held the first ever “Lax out ALS” event during one of their Varsity boys lacrosse games. They collected donations at the game, sold T-shirts, landed some corporate sponsors and raised awareness for ALS with a short halftime presentation. The Cold Spring Harbor High School community raised $5000 for ALS Research. This year Team Packard is looking for more schools to join the “Lax out ALS” initiative.


  • Each school will organize one Lax out ALS fundraising event at a lacrosse game in the Spring of 2016
  • Each school will be given a website platform to use as an online fundraising tool for their Lax out ALS event
  • Each school will work with Don Strasser and Northport HS students to help with their fundraising initiative
  • Each school will receive Lax out ALS socks for their lacrosse team and T-shirts to sell if they wish.

Benefits to the School

  • Raise awareness for ALS in your school community
  • Engage students in service learning and helping others in need
  • Connect students with other students nationally in a collaborative team effort
  • Recognized at a Team Packard presentation ceremony at the Packard Center’s Fiesta 5K in Baltimore, MD
  • Recognized on all Team Packard media press releases and publications


Winter: Fundraising kick-off and planning

Spring: Lax out ALS Lacrosse game


2016 High School Games

* Indicates Boys lacrosse games

April 8th at 4:30 pm
*Sachem North HS vs. Sachem East HS

April 20th at 4:30 pm
Harborfields HS vs. Mattituck HS

April 21st at 4:30 pm
Northport HS vs. Middle Country HS

April 21st at 445 pm
*Jericho HS vs. Plainview Old Bethpage HS

April 25th at 3:00 pm
Sachem North HS vs. Sachem East HS

April 30th at 11:00 am
Syosset HS vs. Carle Place HS

May 6th 7:00 pm
Cold Spring Harbor Boys HS vs. Locust Valley Boys HS

2016 Collegiate Games

April 16th at 2:00 pm
Adelphi University vs. American International

April 17th at 12:00 pm
Stony Brook University vs. Johns Hopkins University