Ben Boulton doesn't believe a little snow, or even a lot of it, should be an impediment to learning lacrosse in the winter. Each Monday, the high school English teacher ventures outside with four girls on a school field near their Norwalk home. The goal isn't so much instructional. It's an opportunity to get the girls some outdoor exercise despite the snow and cold. "My wife (Jenny Plath) and I believe in the No Child Left Inside doctrine,'' Ben says. "We try to get them outside every day."
The group consists of his twin 10-year-old stepdaughters, Vivienne and Margaret Kraus, and their friends, Madeleine Gordon and Sarah Gray. "Snow Lacrosse" started this year. Boulton says he and his girls have done other activities on "Adventure Mondays," as he calls it, including canoeing, backpacking and hiking.
Lacrosse has been a challenge in the snow. Ben said the balls can be hard to find. "We've played with orange balls, and sometimes you have to dig down to where the ball went in to find out,'' he said.
Boulton has coached youth sports, including soccer and lacrosse. Even in the snow, the sessions give his girls an advantage, practicing throwing and catching the ball before the season officially kicks off next month.
"The girls have a lot of fun,'' Boulton said. "There's always a lot of laughing going on. It's good for me, too, because it gives me a chance to run around. We've been out there on some cold days. When you're out there running around, you don't stay cold for long."
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