We were very excited for our trip out to the West Coast and have the opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. This was the first time to California with our foundation and we wanted to make a positive impact. We tried to squeeze as much into the 4 days to maximize the trip.
We landed in Los Angeles and had been talking with our friend Mike Levin who runs City Lacrosse. Mike is a former pro teammate of mine and one of my first calls when I was starting our foundation. He was extremely helpful and supportive of our ideas and I really wanted to get out and help support his foundation. So once we dropped the bags off at the hotel we headed over to help Mike with a City Lacrosse clinic in Compton. We ran some drills, did a shooting demonstration, showed them some tricks and even introduced them to SPEED lacrosse. Mike has done a great job using lacrosse to help better the lives of hundreds of kids and we vow to continue to support his efforts in the future. Keep up the great work Mike and City lacrosse!
Early the next morning I was invited to Loyola High School for a before school practice. It brought back memories of when I used to practice before school. Conditions were perfect and I ran the boys through some high intensity drills. Loyola is one of the top schools in California and its always fun working with talented players. The coaches were very welcoming and it turned out to be an awesome time. Thanks for having me Loyola and good luck this season.
After heading back to the hotel we walked around the Santa Monica Pier and took in some sights. That night we went to my friend Scott Hochstadt’s Socktail party in Manhattan Beach. Scott is a great friend and former teammate for the Anaheim Storm. He has done a lot for the growth of the sport in California and we made it a point to head out and see him. He is currently running a sock company called Legend’s with former NBA baller Steve Nash. Great catching up with Scott and I even managed to score about 8 pairs of free socks. He scores……
The next day I hooked up with pro goalie Adam Ghittleman who just became the head coach of USC. We ran a full day of camp and had a blast. It was great getting to know Adam on a personal level. I expect him to do great things in California. MLL phenom Tom Schrieber was in the house as well. They don’t make em any better than Tom and Adam. Great couple days of USC camp for sure.
We held a CPWLF Social at Hennesey’s in Manhattan Beach. It was open to lacrosse players and families. We ended up with a great crew and some really supportive people attended the get together. We started doing foundation Social’s as a way to bring the lacrosse community together and embrace our special bond and of course tell stories about the good ole days. Jeremy Sieverts, Mike Levin, Zac Greer, Sean Lindsay, Adam Ghittleman were just some of the star power that attended. It was a very special night and we auctioned of some cool prizes and some supported graciously donated to our foundation. Thanks to all for being there with special thanks to Rob Mancini and Dan Mohler for your help. Great guys!