After four years of playing lacrosse at Canisius College, John Minieri decided he wasn’t quite ready to give up the sport and found his way to CityLax. Between running winter clinics in Brooklyn and serving on the Junior Advisory Board, he contributes to many different facets of CityLax’s programming. During his clinic volunteer shifts, he sees players with a deep hunger for knowledge of the game, and that’s what drives him to work harder to grow this sport to reach more and more of NYC’s student-athletes.
The most rewarding part of coaching, he believes, is seeing the progression of kids who go from walking into his clinics having never picked up a stick to becoming “legitimate
Whether she’s coaching the winter clinics in the Bronx or meeting with the Junior Advisory Board to plan the Spring Gala, Hadley Mongell is a force for CityLax. Originally from Locust Valley, NY, she grew up in a lacrosse family and came to CityLax wanting to share her love of the sport with girls who might not have ever had the opportunity to play without the funding and community support of CityLax. Having played every position on the field, she knows the game better than most and is well-equipped to coach the girls at her clinics, whether she’s working with newcomers or more seasoned players.
What makes Hadley such an outstanding volunteer, however, is her unwavering and infectious love for the sport and her players. Her favorite CityLax memory is telling a