Everyone who’s ever played a sport growing up, knows how it feels to be part of a team. As we grow up, we often find ourselves reminiscing our past games and the achievements we’ve accomplished. Well, Travis Lee, a graduated lacrosse player and Team Captain for University of California, Santa Barbara is giving back to the high school that made it all possible. Through coaching. Since he took the reins, the team has reached the finals and semi finals of the Kings Showcase Tournament in San Francisco in their first two years of existence. Not only is the team excelling as a whole, but ten players are actively being recruited by MCLA, Division 2, and Division 3 teams across the country. Travis is challenging his players to become the best they can be. He does not want them to settle at just being good, because he knows it takes greatness to move up among the Divisions.
I had the privilege of going to one of the lacrosse games and it was remarkable to see Travis’ interaction with his players. You can tell the entire team is 110% dedicated to each other, win or lose. Throughout the game, Coach Travis, was running up and down the side lines coaching plays and motivating players to play their hardest. And when these players subbed out of the game, they didn’t just walk to the bench and sit down, instead, they ran along the bench ‘high fiving’ other team mates.
Seeing this teamwork was inspiring. You could feel the excitement, passion, and dedication to both the team and sport. The way Travis fosters an environment of such strong teamwork is truly remarkable. He has created an invaluable leadership for his players that has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Travis Lee’s players, play the sport because they love it, but when times get tough, he is the reason they don’t quit. This type of leadership plays an important role for High School Students as they grew up. And it is all for the love of Lacrosse.
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