I moved to Easton, Maryland in 2nd grade when my father retired and wanted to seek a life away from the big city "where men wore Bermuda shorts to lunch without wrist watches". What I found in Easton was what Lacrosse Magazine would later call "The Hottest Hot-Bed for Lacrosse in the Country". From the moment I stepped on the field I was enthralled. The sport combines so many elements of skill, strategy and athleticism that I was able to find an outlet for many of the challenges growing up brings to the developing mind.
My father was a massive mentor for me in the sports arena. He came to all my games, practices, even school dances. I remember once even being slightly jealous when he told me after a dance "of all the kids out there, that Skyler has really got some moves".
Those same moves transferred well to the Lacrosse field, as I found in practice while trying to cover Skyler. I never would've told him that then, but I can say it now. After all, he was an All-American in college. (Since meeting on the lacrosse field, Skyler and I have remained best friends and Co-Founded Catch! together in 2014).
My father was diagnosed with heart disease and spent nearly 2 years in the hospital when I was 11. Most of those years I lived with Skyler's family while my father and mother stayed at the hospital. It was during our 7th grade championship season when my father passed away. I remember the game so clearly when our coach, John, brought stickers with my fathers initials for our helmets. We beat the best team in the league that day 12-6.
My coach, John became one of my closest friends and allies - often driving me home after practices and talking to me about anything of interest at the time. I didn't understand it then, but the way he related to me and taught me to feel comfortable with who I am, were some of the most important lessons of my life. Looking back I'm in awe of the seemingly effortless way he always let me feel as if I had made the discoveries on my own. It was with John at the counter of Easton's local pizza place one night where I drew my first lacrosse play. He always joked that I would become a coach. Maybe I'm just aiming to make him proud.
To this day, John and I keep in regular contact and it is from his guidance that I've found my place too as an educator. Through lacrosse I have and continue to grow up. I've learned and developed my code of character and morality literally on the field - sometimes through success though more often through adversity.
I moved to Los Angeles after making a short movie about my college lacrosse team at The University of Colorado and over the past decade my love and personal duty towards the sport that has given me so much, has lead me very naturally to starting Catch with my best friend and brother. I could not be more honored, excited and happy to be doing this everyday.
Thank you for reading this.