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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and mention promo code EAST WINDSOR to claim the discount on your order.
Looking forward to hearing for y'all!
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DAVID WISE in Sochi took home gold in the inaugural mens Olympic half-pipe. I've been an avid skier all my life. I can ski bumps and take on the trees. This year's east coast snowfall has been epic. And this skier was recently able to take on a new challenge - the halfpipe at Mt. Snow
David Wise Wins Gold
I'm certainly no Olympic athlete. However, as a member of UncommonFit as well as an avid athlete - I love to take on a challenge. When I arrived atop the half-pipe I glanced down the edge and noticed two things; 1) the top was hard ice, and 2) the drop in was steeper than I thought. Watching the Olympic athletes perform aerobatics seemed daunting, but at the very least I assumed I could smoothly transition form side to side. I WAS WRONG.
Dropping in was not so bad but after that first turn I picked up speed. Immediately I was gaining more speed towards the other side of the pipe, but I decided to use the velocity to get higher on the wall - BAD IDEA. I made my second turn and felt the momentum push me faster - I was going to launch off this pipe if I didn't slow down. Before I knew it I was facing my third turn and mustured the courage to make another turn, but again the momentum sent me towards the other wall even faster. At this point I decided I was going to angle my speed straight down the pipe and come to a stop.
That didn't happen. The angle and speed were too great, and I carved into the other side too hard. I launched out of both my skiis and ended up a complete yard sale. I was laughing and felt great as I heard others let out a gasp. I wasn't defeated, in fact it was the highlight of my winter, and I plan to try again next weekend!
I've gained a greater appreciation for just how talented the Olympic athletes are. Especially at the half-pipe! I've played Pro Lacrosse, D1 Lacrosse, Semi Pro basketball, and Rugby on three continents - so this athlete's hat's off to the Olympians in SOCHI.
Thanks for reading and we hope this little discount helps you cheer for team USA!