August 5, 2013

Give & Go: LXM Pro Kyle Harrison

By Corey McLaughlin | | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

If you want to make Kyle Harrison's day, just fire up a home cooked meal.
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The Team USA hopeful discusses his life out west and competitive side for August's Give & Go interview from Lacrosse Magazine. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 400,000-plus members today to start your subscription.

Who is your favorite athlete?

Michael Jordan

What's one thing that always puts you in a good mood?

Home cooked dinners at home. All smiles, every time.

What's one thing lacrosse really needs?

A unified effort for growth at all levels of the sport.

What's been the proudest moment of your career?

Winning a national championship at Johns Hopkins, playing for Team USA and representing our country, and being a part of starting the LXM PRO Tour a few years back.

What's the biggest obstacle you've overcome?

Like most athletes, failure. Understanding you've got to learn from failures throughout your career, no matter how big or small they are. Understand what went wrong, why it went wrong, make a plan to fix it, and move on.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

My grandfather. I'm told by a lot of folks in my family that we have very similar personalities. He was a general in the Army. I've read all kinds of incredible stories about him.

What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done?

Not much to say here. I stay in my lane when it comes to the adventurous types of activities. No sky diving, bungee jumping, swimming with sharks or cliff jumping. I went white water rafting last summer in Vail. Does that count? Also, I've been known to take a gamble with movie theater hot dogs; can't help it.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

A fireman!

Who in lacrosse is destined to be a reality TV star?

Rhamel and Shamel Bratton. Period. Absolute comedy.

Its 2023 — Where are you and what are you doing?

Happy with my family, but not exactly sure where we'll be. West Coast living has been great for the past five years, but don't know if I've got another 10 years on this coast. You never know where I'll be settled at that point. Ten years is a long time from now.

Do you have any pregame rituals?

The night before a game I watch two videos, one of which I've watched since my freshman year of college. Then, right before the game, I spend a few minutes visualizing different things on the field and how I'll react depending on how the defense covers the play. Lastly, a quick prayer before putting my jersey on, then it's go time.

What's on your lacrosse bucket list?

Honestly, I've never really had a bucket list of things to do in the sport. I've set goals, like most athletes, and gone after them relentlessly. I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to win a national championship, play for Team USA, and travel the world playing and promoting the sport. I'm extremely thankful for everything this sport has done for me and my family, and I'm just enjoying getting to compete and trying to reach my full potential as a player. So, no bucket list really. I'm just going to enjoy this sport and never take it for granted.

Overtime (from Denver attacker Jill Remenapp)

If you could have the starring role in one film already made, which movie would you pick and why?

I love all kinds of movies, so this is an awesome question, Jill. I could go so many different directions with this answer, but I'll keep it simple and easy. I'll just go with
"Superman." Every little boy wants to fly, and every grown man was once a little boy who wanted to fly. So, if I could be five feet off the ground, hooked up to cables in front of a green screen to get my fly on? Count me in. Playing Wolverine would be a close second.

Double Overtime (from Ryan Burgess, Atlanta)

If you could design your own stick, with anything on it, what would it have?

I actually just finished designing my most recent stick and equipment line [EDITOR's NOTE: stick he is holding in the pictures], the new K18 line releasing this fall. The blue and black handle is already available. The one thing I've incorporated into all of my K18 equipment somewhere is the turtle. It's tattooed on my ankle, as it's good luck in my family.

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