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.
Rien Zabor is a Chapel Hill native and is the Marketing Head of Charity Lacrosse. Rien attended East Chapel Hill High School as a part of the 2006 State Championship team and then went onto attend Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where he founded, coached, managed and played for the University’s first Men’s Club Lacrosse Team. Rien is currently looking forward to traveling to Uganda with Fields of Growth to grow the game of lacrosse and the relationship between FoG and Charity Lacrosse. Outside of Charity Lacrosse, Rien works full time for 3 Birds Marketing in Chapel Hill, NC.