A few of the UcFit Crew members were pretty lucky to have the chance to compete for and win the 2013 Vail Shootout Masters Division with Team Jagermesiter last summer. It was an awesome event and the first time we played with the Jager squad. We again won a championship together this fall at the Revolution in Randolph, NJ. For both tournaments we had the same goalie, Anthony Katagas, an awesome goalie and overall individual. Anthony was not only nominated for best beard of 2013...in the world!...but also the movie he produced, 12 Years a Slave, won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture and it won the Golden Globe in the same catagory! CONGRATS, ANTHONY! We are very proud to be your teammates and sincerely hope all the excitement hasn't cut in on your goalie training...we have a game in Connecticut in two weeks buddy, you better be ready!

 

Anthony sent us his selfie from the seats! Then he went to get his award!!

Katagas in net in the Vail Shoutout against Team Hulu.

4x Champs! UcFit's Brian Dower is in the top row 5th in from right next to Katagas. PJ Martin (me) bottom right, two in. My beard was no match for #thebeardedgreek.

 

Be happy, stay positive, do cool s**t

 

PJ

Last Friday was an awesome day. I headed back to my hometown, East Windsor, to connect with two long time but long lost friends that grew up a few houses from me. As we sat together it was like we never missed a beat, what a great feeling. Kevin Burrowes is now running a great screen print business called Thread Wolf and is a branding genius! Kwaku Nyantekyi has been killing video and custom animation work with Shroom Heads Media. Combine the three of us and that's one talented and creative group! We're all putting our heads together to make opportunties to support one another and for Uncommon Fit - that means some awesome limited screen print tops (for guys and GIRLS) and VIDEOS! Finally!!! Couldn't be more excited and happy to share in this journey with more friends - we're all trying to live our dreams and pursing them together will be an adventure!

 

    In the Thread Wolf Lab!

Going over video from recent Central America UcFit Surf Trip with Kwaku!

 

Just like old time, having fun with Kevin in the Thread Wolf Shop (yes, the Shop and Lab are two separate spots!)

 

Be happy, stay positive, do cool s**t

 

PJ

The UcFit Crew was honored to be invited by our partners, 4point4, to the inaugural Tewaaraton Award 'watch-list' announcement ceremony. Quick info - the Tewaaraton is given to the best male and female lacrosse player in th country. The ceremony was packed with big names in lacrosse as we got to mingle with Rob Pannell, Gary Gait, even Mark Herzlich of the NY Giants (who had a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins for lacrosse but went on to play football), along with many others. Uncommon Fit did the design work for event sponsor, 4point4's 2014 offical t-shirt for the Award organization. How freakin' cool? At the event it was kind of like a basketball player seeing Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant and Karem Abdul-Jabbar all in the same place...except for lacrosse... We're so proud to have had the chance to be there and to be involved in the 2014 Tewaaraton campaign in our small way.

With the trophy! Sweeeettt!

Our pick is Princeton's Tom Schreiber who played with out team at CityLax's Southampton tournament in 2012!

 

Be happy, stay positive, do cool s**t,

 

PJ

Coming up playing HS lax in the late 90s in NJ, it was clear then that the game was very centered on the hot beds. I was originally born in Maine at the Augusta State Hospital (circa 1982), and except for Bridgeton Academy there wasn't a ton of ball being played all the way up there either. I'm still not well informed on the status of the sport in Maine but recently through Instagram I met Chris from @MainelyMesh, a Maine-based lacrosse stringing company headed by a young guy currently playing at Haverford College. Great guy, but what's even cooler is he sent me a dope t-shirt featuring both lax and my birth state! I may not have spent a long time living in Maine (birth until 2 yrs old), but my mother keeps me proud of it and getting to represent even in a small way makes the shirt special to me.

   Mainely Mesh T and a cheesin' Moose - also from Maine.

 

Be happy, stay positive, do cool s**t,

 

PJ

The 2nd Annual Margolis Cup was a tremendous gathering of college talent. More importantly, Uncommon Fit raised approximately 7k towards the awareness of Mary's Place by the Sea, a NJ based organization that supports women with Cancer.

Special thanks to former US-U19 player Ralph D'Agostino, who helped to host the Margolis Cup aimed at Collegiate and Post-Collegiate Men's lacrosse players. 2013 was the 2nd year Uncommon Fit ran the tournament in Flemington, NJ and it again was a great success. Games were played from 8am-11pm every 30 minutes on Saturday, and  then on Sunday playoffs consumed both the highest and lowest ranking teams.  Some teams that were ranked low decided to forfeit on Sunday and may not be invited back in 2014.

The Margolis Cup is created by two parts; 1 part charity and 2 great lacrosse - Ralph created the concept for the tournament in 2012 while trying to come up with a way to make a bigger impact for fellow New Jersey residents recently affected by Hurricane Sandy. I and Uncommon Fit had been helping in Keansburg directly after the massive flooding and damage.

Lacrosse is described by many as the medicine game, and by creating a high level tournament from the wide pool of NJ post-high school players both Ralph, myself, and Uncommon Fit saw an opportunity to help and grow our game.  At the same time, we want to provided collegiate players a good place to 'get some run in' while home for the holidays. Two birds, one stone – Great Lacrosse – Giving Back to the Community! Many of the games, including the Bridgewater vs Summit championship from the event can be found on Access Lacrosse's website.

Please view the website Mary's Place by the Sea if you have any loved ones afflicted with Cancer we encourage you to entertain a conversation with these lovely and caring people at Mary’s Place. 

 

 

 

UcFit founders PJ Martin (left) and Brian Dower with Michele Gannon, the person behind the concept of Mary's place by the Sea.

 

Congrats to the Tournament Champions: Summit Lacrosse (Summit High School Alumni Players)

 

 

Last week we launched our new site and we were so pumped to see the traffic. Thanks to all of you that visited and especially to those of you who gave us feedback! As we did our first foray into monitoring website data, we are going in the right direction! Last week was our 'soft launch' because we wanted to put the site out and continue to offer a place where our partners and fans can learn more about us. Our 'hard launch' will featuring a bunch of products we've been working on, some custom BeSpoked UcFit snapbacks, a solid brand hoodie to represent, and our double-secret stretch zip up hoodie. Let's not forget our new performance socks either, but those won't be around til the beginning of spring ;).  It's coming, and between these items and our new site, all of which we built together, we are looking forward to the next six months.

 

Be happy, stay positive, do cool s**t

 

We are so pumped up to get the new website up and out there for everyone! It's been a great three years since we began in 2010 and the UcFit Crew is growing, learning and loving every minute! If you've been following our efforts, you know that this is our third website in as many years, as we have worked, we continuously evolve our identity to find our voice. Now we feel like we've got a simple, clean Homebase where you can cruise around, see what were up to, find out how funny we are and, oh yeah, check out our gear...that's an important part. Explore the site, our goal for the blog is to update you with some cool places to explore, artists to see and listen to as well as any other random brilliance we come across and appreciate. There is so much out there!  Check out our social media channels (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) for standard and not so standard updates, promos and lots of pretty pictures. With the 'soft-launch' of our site (we've got some pretty cool ideas that we're working on for the site still) we have our FIRST PROMO CODE - Blue Steal. A homage to one guy who is 'really, really ridiculously good-looking.' As we continue to update, will be adding in new products regularly along with more photos of happenings. Make sure to see where people #wearucfit all around the world and send us a pic of yourself doing something sweet, in a sweet place, with your sweet UcFit threads. We welcome any and all feedback as we couldn't have gotten to where we are without the support, encouragement and advice from those around us. Uncommon Fit is a team, a community, it's growing and we want you to join in the 'Do what UcFit' crusade.

Thanks for the time and energy to find out more about us!

Be happy, stay positive, do cool s**t.

PJ