It’s time once again to go Under the Helmet with another member of the Pilots Men’s Lacrosse Team. This week we look to a seasoned veteran to shed some light on what really goes inside that head of his.
Jon Lee is a local product of the Pacific Northwest and brings a ton of character to the team. The Pilots missed Jon’s tenacious riding in a number of games last year because of a devastating injury. A highly anticipated return to full strength has the Seattle native working harder than ever with a new energy and spirit. Jon is committed to coming out strong and proving that when he is healthy, he can absolutely dominate his defensive counterparts. The Pilots will look to Jon’s physicality on the ride, as well as his crease play and confident finishing to help push the team to greatness. Let’s take a closer look at who Jon Lee is, under the helmet.
Full Name: Jonathan Lee
Date of Birth: 08/30/91
Jersey Number: 10
Getting to know Jon:
Q: What is your favorite Food?
A: Naturally, a Tonkatsu Rice Bowl with curry…
Q: Who is your go-to musical artist?
A: Avicii or WhitePanda
Q: Favorite day of the week, and why?
A: My favorite day of the week is payday because I can buy my Tonkatsu Curry Rice Bowl.
Q: What is your favorite eatery around the University of Portland?
A: Javiers Tacos on N/ Lombard. (Oregon Burrito) @ 2am
Q: When did you start playing lacrosse? What was your initial motivation?
A: I started playing when I was in the 7th grade during the winter in a box league. My friends told me I could hit people with a stick and I was sold.
Q: What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?
A: My greatest accomplishment in athletics to date was winning my high schools first lacrosse conference title.
Q: Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.
A: During a hit in a lacrosse game I lost my shorts and my compression shorts slid off too. It was snowing… Bare butt in the snow. Another embarrassing moment was when I tore my ACL for the second time playing intramural football.
Q: When are you the most nervous while you are competing?
A: The first time the ball is passed to me during a game and when my family is watching me.
Q: What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing lacrosse, and why?
A: I think playing polo would be fun. You know on horses… With STICKS.
Q: How would you give away $50,000?
A: I would split it up and find projects on Kiva.org to give to. Kiva does some awesome stuff with micro financing to combat socioeconomic issues in third world countries. I actually funded a project through my company Karmada Lacrosse that has helped people in numerous African countries. http://www.kiva.org/team/karmada_lacrosse/loans
Q: If you could take an all expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: I would go to Peru to visit my girlfriend who is serving in the Peace Corps for the next 2 ½ years.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: I see myself either abroad or in Seattle in a high-rise condo making high six figures. I know I will be playing lacrosse in some old man’s league.
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