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Nancy Doherty Deerfield browses silent auctitable during GreLakes Adaptive Sports Associati(GLASA) Annual Benefit. | Ruthie Hauge~Sun-Times Media

Nancy Doherty of Deerfield browses the silent auction table during the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) Annual Benefit. | Ruthie Hauge~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 19, 2013 3:03AM

The motto of the Lake Forest-based Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association is “Let No One Sit On the Sidelines.”

Those seven words refer to the organization’s drive to assure that special-needs individuals throughout the area have the equipment, information and opportunity to participate in sports and other activities throughout the year.

But last Saturday night, those same seven words — Let No One Sit On The Sidelines — also referred to everyone who participated in the GLASA’s annual fundraising benefit, held at Knaux Auto Park in Lake Bluff.

Supporters of the GLASA came out in big numbers to the event, and there were so many different activities and events throughout the event, that it was truly impossible for any attendee to “sit on the sidelines.”

Between great food and drink, music, a standup comedian, inspirational talks, and casino-type gaming tables, there truly was something for everyone on hand, just as the GLASA takes a leadership role in making sure that there’s some activity for every special-needs child and adult who wants to participate.

The GLASA has, for special-needs individuals, weekly programs, camps, special events and its own “Great Lakes Regional Games.”

For an example, on Saturday, the GLASA is running programs in various locations on learning to swim, playing boccia, weightlifting and conditioning, and wheelchair basketball.

Next Tuesday, there’s a judo class for the blind and visually impaired, plus scuba lessons.

If it’s a sport and you’ve heard of it, the GLASA probably is offering it ... and it’s possible because the community supports events like the gala at Knauz.

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