UcFit was born in August of 2010 in central New Jersey. With a few thousand dollars, some creativity, hard work and the support of the people around us we've grown our baby. Today is a day to remember as we brought in samples for our new partner, 4point4, an organization that has done uniforms for the US Women's Volleyball team, and that is partnered with NBA greats Larry Johnson and Bill Walton to spread their philosophy based around an awesome give-back model. We are "powering" their sublimated uniform development in all sports with Boys and Girls Basketball, Soccer and, of course, Lacrosse going first. I had the pleasure of working out of their office in Manhattan, in the Fashion District, today. It is incredible to know that we have built something that has carried us this far; I never imagined sitting where I am to type this blog back when we began. So much for teaching Latin, ;), apparently there is a career here!

  

Some of the UcFit powered gear for 4point4 - #swag

 

'Working' in the office with a sportswear savant and former Nike designer, Mike Cherman of Ice Cold New York - check him out, they are killing it right now!

 

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

 

PJ

 

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

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

But this weekend, I made the commitment and had a cathartic lacrosse experience in my hometown hanging with Tri-State Lacrosse during their youth league play-offs at the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey.  

  Mini-laxer from SJ powerhouse, Moorestown's, 3rd/4th grade team!

Always a pleasure to have the chance to take the day and dedicate it to lacrosse and the young players learning the game. The day turned out to be unique for me because I got to connect a #GrowtheGame moment that couldn't have been more personal and exciting for me.

Watching my NJ hometown youth club team , East Windsor, defeat several very strong groups of 8th graders to win the championship in a 20+ year old league that is a staple in the lives of a majority of NJ lacrosse players was incredible. I almost missed out on lacrosse entirely in my life but thanks to my parents, I was given the opportunity to go to a local private school, Peddie, where I first picked up a stick in the 8th grade. Had I gone to the local public school, Hightstown High, lacrosse would never have been a part of my life as it did not exist in my blue-collar town - except on campus at Peddie. Hightstown High now has a team and it's coincidentally coached by a good friend of mine - Shout to Coach DeLaurentis. To see my town not only grow a youth and high school program but quickly build the players to a level where they are competing against top teams in their age grouping is very special to me! I volunteer a few times a year for the youth and high school programs and also have coached several of the players on summer travel teams; there is nothing more I can say other than that I am proud. Very proud to be from East Windsor and to see lacrosse getting a footing in a community that has young athletes that deserve the opportunities for college assistance that lacrosse can provide.

 

Cheers to my boys from the East side!

East Windsor lacrosse players - Sean, Johnny 'Finish', Ryan, Luke, myself and Mr. Teman - a long way from the early days of Hot Shot!

In the spirit of all our excitment for the boys from East Windsor and for the 2014 lacrosse season in general - Uncommon Fit would like to extend a 10% discount to any groups/teams looking to put in an order for gear from March 1st until April 1st. Email us at info@uncommonfit.com and mention promo code EAST WINDSOR to claim the discount on your order.

Looking forward to hearing for y'all!

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

 

PJ