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posted 10.11.2013 at 1.58 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Youth Lacrosse Group Fights Government Shutdown

A group of lacrosse-playing kids in Northern Virginia fought back against the government shutdown that was keeping them off the field. And they won.

A federal judge on Wednesday told the National Park Service to reopen Langley Fork Park in McLean, Va., which allowed hundreds of boys and girls in the McLean Youth Lacrosse organization back onto the practice field. The park has been closed since Oct. 1.

McLean Youth Lacrosse, led by executive director David Morris, sued the Park Service after temporary barriers went up Oct. 1, blocking off access to the fields. Morris said he couldn't understand why the federal government had closed a park it did not run. The park is on federal land but managed by the local county. Morris said he was being inundated with calls and emails from parents and coaches who wanted the park reopened.

Some players returned to the fields Wednesday night, although the judge's order was not final and attorneys are set to return to court Oct. 18.

Read the full story from The Washington Post here.