STEVENSVILLE, Md. — The 2024 highschool lacrosse season is underway and the Kent Island High School group has a goal on its again.

They are coming into the season because the 2A state champions of 2023, their fourth state championship and second in a row.

“Coming off back-to-back state championships is methodology for good and unhealthy,” stated Woolley. “Everyone is aware of you as the highest canine that they’re trying to come after and attempt to take your spot.”

And whereas the titles and victories are good to have, Woolley is aware of there may be extra to life than wins and trophies.

“I’ve all the time made it a staple yearly to at the least hand over a day or extra of our time to assist others.”

His mission to present again began when Woolley was a younger coach and arranged a volunteer mission, the place the gamers cleaned beneath each desk in Kent Island High School.

“Kids have to grasp that’s anyone’s job and there’s no purpose why it could’t be theirs,” he stated.

The volunteer tasks have advanced through the years and now embrace working at Talisman Therapeutic Riding Farm or teaching children at clinics via Woolley’s companies, the Edge Training Academy and the Edge Arena.

They additionally assist out with subject days at elementary faculties in Queen Anne’s County, which the gamers have simply as a lot enjoyable doing because the youthful children.

“They take pleasure in seeing the older guys. They look as much as us and it’s good to go on the market and be a pacesetter,” stated senior Tucker Claxton.

“It’s enjoyable seeing the fellows have a lot enjoyable with the children and so they’re loving it,” stated senior Owen Wynot.

In 2013, Woolley began the non-profit Giving the Edge Foundation, after getting an nameless donation. Their mission is to empower younger folks via health, character growth and constructive conduct.

“If we’re going to be working with these children to supply their desires and assist them alongside that path, we’ve to seek out the additional issues that make them particular and neighborhood service and outreach was the way in which to do it,” Woolley stated.

They have management packages in faculties, constructive conduct incentive packages and Win the Day initiative which honors college students who go above what is anticipated.

They additionally volunteer at occasions like Bounce Into Winter. Woolley fills the Edge Arena with large bounce homes and households are inspired to deliver a meals merchandise or toy to donate for the vacations. He recalled the sensation of hope after they held the occasion final 12 months.

“When I walked into the power and noticed all of those folks being delivered Christmas, to know these children could be in a second of pleasure, I noticed the Christmas spirit first hand. It was a reasonably particular second.”

Whether it is proper locally, or on the sphere, Woolley brings the fervour to the duty at hand and his college students rise to the event.

“He’s a lacrosse coach however to him it’s not lacrosse, it’s in regards to the younger males we have gotten,” stated junior Gavin Henry.

“When you mix the ability of teaching and his ardour for the neighborhood, it’s a uncommon factor,” stated Dan Harding, principal at Kent Island High School.

“If they go away right here with a highschool diploma, feeling good about themselves and know they’ll contribute in plenty of other ways to society, I believe that’s an enormous win for us,” stated Woolley.

To be taught extra about Giving the Edge and the way to assist their work, click on here.