I grew up in the small town of Monroe, New Hampshire. The school in Monroe didn't offer a large range of sports and after school activities like you see in many other places. I started my summer seasons by playing baseball with a collection of other kids from other areas. I never really enjoyed the sport, I just needed something to do. Then I met a lacrosse coach from the St. Johnsbury Recreational Department. The program was still fairly new, and wasn't given a lot of attention. I was convinced that I should quit playing the sport that didn't interest me at all, and give lacrosse a chance. I went to the first practice and was terrified because I didn't know anyone, and I used to be very shy and reserved, making this a huge challenge. But all of that didn't matter. The coach came over to me, gave me a stick, and I was off. I ran around with kids I have never met before, played a sport that I had never even heard of, and loved every second of it.
This sport put my life on a different track right from the beginning. I became very close with the people I met on my 2nd grade lacrosse team, and still find myself going back to that same place where it all started for me. Every chance I get, I return to that field, and see the sport putting a smile on kids' faces, the same way it did mine. Lacrosse has become a huge part of my life, and I want to hang onto it as long as I can.