Tribal West
Player Spotlight: Olympus’ Matt Lund
02.12.2018 - By Drew Bicker

Bicker is back!

My name is Drew Bicker. For those new to the Utah lacrosse community, or who I haven’t met yet, I’d like it introduce myself.

I was introduced to lacrosse by the great Judge Memorial High School coach, Dave Allen, around 7th grade. I played my high school lacrosse for Skyline and graduated in 2005.

In the spring of 2007 my little brother was a freshman at Skyline and I was lucky enough to start my coaching career as an assistant for Dan Schmidt. I was an assistant at Skyline for 9 years and during that time I was on the ULA Chapter board, served as Men’s League Commissioner, a youth official, a Park City Shootout volunteer, Starz club coach, and also wrote a short series on Utah Lacrosse News called Bicker’s Soap Box.

Last spring season I was able to take the head coach role at Skyline. This year, much as I love coaching, I am more excited to take some time off to be a new dad to twin girls who arrived in November.

As a way to try to stay involved, I am introducing a new series where I will focus on highlighting extraordinary student athletes who are going above and beyond to make a positive impact in their community.

As I sat in the end-of-the-year coaches’ meeting last year I heard about some players doing amazing things. Since I will not be coaching this year (I’ll be helping my wife keep our new twins alive) I wanted to try to share these stories. I hope that by sharing stories, no matter how big or small the act of service, more people will be encouraged to make a difference.

This week’s story comes to us from Olympus High School. 

Player profile

Olympus Senior Matt Lund       (Courtesy Olylax.com)

Name: Matt Lund

School / Class: Olympus HS / Senior

Position: Close Defense

Favorite Lacrosse Memory: Beating Brighton in overtime for the first time in forever.

Favorite Quote: “I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”- Michael Jordan

The story

After Christmas break Matt was having lunch with some friends discussing their awesome gifts. Matt realized that one of his friends, Rock, had not gotten anything for Christmas. Rock, whose family are refugees, explained that his family didn’t have the means for Christmas gifts and that he hadn’t received any Christmas gifts for several years.

Matt decided he wanted to do something. After talking with a mutual friend Matt learned about another student whose family were also refugees and in the same boat as Rock’s family. Matt took action by posting on Instagram and Snapchat asking for donations. Within two days Matt received $1000 to go buy his fellow students some belated Christmas gifts.

Lessons learned

 I asked Matt what lessons he learned through this act of charity. He said he learned three lessons: First, it doesn’t hurt to act. Second, people are extremely giving. This even includes high school students who aren’t adults yet. Third, charity and kindness are contagious. 

When I asked Matt what he wanted to pass on he said, “Do not be afraid to act at all. Many people are in need and the smallest things you do can go a long way.” I couldn’t agree more. You never know what is going on in someone’s life so make the choice to be kind. Remember, even the smallest gesture can make someone’s day.

Grow the game

If you know of a lacrosse player in the Utah lacrosse community who is making a positive impact and you would like to share their story, send me a quick summary and the person’s contact info so I can reach out. My email is drew@utahlacrossenews.com

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world”- Mahatma Gandhi