This past summer the Make-A-Wish Foundation learned of Zeke’s story and helped grant his dream of becoming a professional lacrosse player with the Denver Outlaws and a Warrior Lacrosse Pro. The Outlaws jumped in and signed Zeke to a one game contract at which time Warrior generously had the new pro put his name to a one year deal.
Zeke and the Brown’s discovered Denver City Lax in 2011 and represent families coast to coast joining the game from urban neighborhoods with little or no prior knowledge regarding the sport and its history. The Browns, like most parents with kids that pick up a lacrosse stick, fell in love with the game, and embraced the sport.
Zeke and other City Lax kids practice and play on organized teams competing in league play, attend camps and training clinics, tryout and compete with summer tournament teams, train and play in indoor box leagues, and enjoy the game as fans at youth, high school, college and professional games.
The ability to stay engaged in the game, develop skills and immerse in the sport is essential to establishing lacrosse in new neighborhoods not only as an avenue to high school and collegiate opportunities, but as a lifetime activity as well.
Zeke loves box lacrosse, a game showing up coast to coast as coaches and program leaders take notice the box game is different enough from outdoor lacrosse it diversifies training routines while building skills in catching, throwing and shooting in close spaces.
“I left the country and went to Canada and played in a box tournament. I got my passport, and this is just the beginning.”
PLAYING IT FORWARD
While Zeke just entered middle school this fall he is one of hundreds of younger Denver City Lax kids that have their eyes on City Lax alumni currently gaining acceptance to 4-year colleges, many as first in family attendees.
Lacrosse is among the fastest growing sports at the youth, high school and collegiate levels in the United States. The game is actually America's first sport, played by Native Americans prior to European settlement. Native American tradition teaches lacrosse was a gift from the Creator, played in part as a medicine game for healing people.
“Lacrosse is the best sport I know. I take my stick everywhere."
Eight years ago Zeke's hometown of Denver was labeled the nation’s “Best Lacrosse Town” by Inside Lacrosse, and that was before the University of Denver men’s team won an NCAA championship, the Outlaws hoisted the Steinfeld Cup, the University of Colorado launched a high level women’s Division 1 team and the city hosted 38 visiting nations for the 2014 World Games.