Parent Spotlight: Yolanda Honeycutt-Brown
Meet Yolanda! She’s a lacrosse Mom through and through. She’s at the lacrosse field every day willing to lend a hand and assist in any way she can. It’s great to have her, and her whole family, apart of City Lax!
How did you hear about City Lax?
I learned about Denver City Lax from Coach Steve.
What do you think is the best thing about City Lax?
The best…I would say the coaches.
Coach Ben has the most welcoming smile and authentic personality. He has a genuine love for the game of lacrosse and each of the player. Ben extends his hand in friendship to each of the player by stating “Hey call me and we can hang out” and really means it.
Coach Rod; knows each of the players names and will confront referees and other coaches when they cross the line.
Coaches Eric and Dillon: Hearing comments from Ezekiel about how each of them play. Ezekiel stated, “Man, did you see how Coach Dillon checked that other player?” “Did you see that goal Coach Eric made?” I told that lady that I was Eric’s nephew. (At an Outlaw game). Seeing Coach Dillon holding a lacrosse stick while Ezekiel hangs from it and Coach Eric partnering up with him for skills workouts. I could go on and on because there are so many things that make me smile when I think about Denver City Lax.
What is your favorite memory of City Lax?
Our favorite memories are bundled in summer tournaments. When Ezekiel scored over his shoulder. I’m biased. Our last season 2015 U9 the team was cohesive and players who never attempted to score were taking shots on goal. Players began to define who they were and the positions they were good playing.
Do you have a special message to donors?
Making an investment or donation to Denver City Lax is more than donating to a sports team. It is investing in the lives of students. Denver City Lax is about creating lasting legacies in these players by paving a way academically first and athletically second. Education is a must; sports are privilege. When we change the lives of children we shape the future of our country.
Is the cost of City Lax being 100% free of charge important to you? If so, why?
It is and isn’t. I know that this sport is expensive; lacrosse sticks, bags, cleats, team fees, tournaments and insurance. With our own income it is important. My desire to support Denver City Lax financially is always in the back of my mind.
Are there any experience that you have had with City Lax that you would like to share?
Meeting Team Uganda and having Joseph participate in the FIL Youth Games. Seeing Joseph play against some of the top teams across the United States was amazing. Team Uganda’s embracement of both Joseph and Ezekiel was heartwarming. Many of the members of that team still ask about Ezekiel and like videos of him that are posted.
Ezekiel meeting his lacrosse hero (not sure that’s the word he would use) Chazz Woodson was incredible. In 2012, after watching video footage of Chazz Woodson Ezekiel scored his first ever goal in the spirit and likeness of him.
What experiences with City Lax have you taken part in that you never would’ve done without playing lacrosse?
I don’t think we would have experienced the FIL Lacrosse World Games 2014. We would not have made friends from other countries. Seeing lacrosse on a global stage warms my heart and seeing Coach Dillon play was absolutely phenomenal.
Have you seen a change in behavior at school or home since your child has been involved with City Lax?
My sons have sought to become better athletes and to pursue their dreams with fervor.
What is your favorite, and least favorite thing about lacrosse?
My favorite things about lacrosse is exposing my children to this sport and the international teams. Cheering on my favorite players Joseph #24, Ezekiel #01, the Incredible Hulk Dillon #91 and the Amazing Spider Man Eric #15. The least favorite is traveling far for a game and having to choose between which son’s game to go to.
What activities does your family like to do together?
We like to hike, swim, and play together. We like to doing many things together. Karaoke is my one of the many family activities we love, next we love attending sporting events.