High school lacrosse player donates equipment at School of the Arts

Updated: December 14, 2019 11:09 PM
Created: December 13, 2019 10:26 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A local lacrosse player is using the sport that gave him so much to give back to the community.

Joe VanZandt is a Life Scout who is working on attaining his Eagle, which is the highest rank in scouting.


Part of that process includes doing a community service project, which brought VanZandt to ROC E6, an organization that introduces inner-city youth to lacrosse.

Since September, VanZandt has been collecting helmets, gloves, pads and sticks, which he donated at the School of the Arts gym on Friday night.

VanZandt has been playing lacrosse since third grade.

He says it felt good to give other kids the same opportunities he’s had.

"Lacrosse is really just... I mean, it's helping me get into college,” VanZandt said. “It's also just helped me make some of my best friends throughout life. I put almost 100 hours into this project and just seeing it pay off is just very nice and very satisfying."

ROC E6 Vice President London Booker said it was a special experience for those receiving the donations too.

"They were definitely pumped, especially when they starting seeing stuff walk through the door,” Booker said. “They were like, 'What's that? What's that?' They were very excited. They didn't even know this was coming most of them."

The donations will benefit over 100 athletes.

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