Charity Lacrosse was established to harness the power of lacrosse to organize and raise support for charities trying to better the world. We believe in the value of the human being, and that there is no greater calling than to provide, heal, rescue, and serve others. Founders Ian Grady, Jamie DeBole, and Jon Leonardo have incredible passion for both helping the community and spreading the game of lacrosse. Our organization was founded on the values that transcend the game and unite even the greatest of rivals. We ask that you join our tight-knit family to use the great game of lacrosse to make the world a better place.
Ian Grady is Co-Founder and President of Charity Lacrosse. Ian has always had a passion for spreading the game of lacrosse and giving back to the community. Grady and Co-founder Jon Leonardo founded Ivy Lax and the annual Turkey Bowl Charity Lacrosse Tournament together to help raise support for the Inter Faith Council. Grady is graduate of Elon University with a degree in Economics and Political Science and is currently studying business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jon Leonardo is Co-Founder and Director of Operations of Charity Lacrosse. Jon is also the C0-founder of Ivy Lax and the annual Turkey Bowl Lacrosse Tournament in Cary, NC. He is a native of Milton, Massachusetts where he played midfield at St. Sebastian’s School as a All-League midfielder. Jon played three years and earned a degree in Entrepreneurship from Elon University. Jon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina where he works with his own start-ups.
A founding member of Charity Lacrosse, Jamie has a passion for charity and for spreading lacrosse throughout the country by promoting philanthropic endeavors through the sport. Jamie is also the Founder and President of Texas Heat Lacrosse, the leading online news organization for lacrosse in the state of Texas. He spent 2 years as the Head Lacrosse Coach at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX, before deciding to dedicate himself fully to improving Texas Heat Lacrosse’s services for the community. It is his goal to instill positive values, principles, and character traits into athletes that will help them achieve all of their dreams both on and off the field while leading positive and fulfilling lives. Through Charity Lacrosse and Texas Heat Lacrosse, Jamie hopes to make as broad-sweeping an impact as possible.
Jamie played Division I lacrosse at UNC where he was a 4-year midfielder. He was a former high school All-American and State Player of the Year. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Peace, War and Defense. Conversationally fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Jamie moved to Shanghai, China shortly after graduation to pursue entrepreneurial interests. In 2009 Jamie returned to the US, settling in Austin, TX.
Texas Heat Lacrosse
Texas Heat Lacrosse was founded by Texas lacrosse coaches who are dedicated to bringing the Texas lacrosse community together while elevating and highlighting the level of play in our state. We are the leading online news organization for Texas lacrosse and we hold marque events throughout the year which are designed to move the entire state of Texas towards becoming the next hotbed of lacrosse by providing unparalleled services and coverage for our athletes and teams. For more information go to Texas Heat Lacrosse .
Fields of Growth International is a charitable organization with community based partnerships in Uganda (East Africa) and Costa Rica (Central America.) Our organization was founded with the belief that we were put on this earth to share our passion, joy and gifts with others. Fields of Growth is about more than sharing the game of lacrosse, but lacrosse is a key component in our mission, because our organization believes in the power of passion and enthusiasm. We believe that when you share the things that bring you the most joy that you are doing exactly what God created you to do and that’s a great feeling. For more information check out the Fields of Growth website.
SEA Brand is an apparel company that fundraises for the social sector. By associating colors with causes, SEA enables consumers to tastefully identify with and support the cause. And most importantly, SEA has set out to search, with you, for the components of a truly ethical supply chain. If it’s not possible or profitable, then we’re shit out of luck. But we’ll spend all of our time and sanity making sure because we believe it is. Let’s SEA what’s possible. For more information check out the Simply Sea website.