✩ Name: KAI CHESLACK Sport: Lacrosse School: Atlantic High School Claim to Fame: Kai Cheslack was just three when his father bought him his first lacrosse stick, and he’s been playing ever since. Now a 16-year-old junior at Atlantic High School, Cheslack is the leading scorer on his fledgling high school team and a top scorer on his Florida Elites club team. In November, he was named the team’s most valuable player as he led the Elites to a division win in the prestigious Derek Pieper Memorial Cup competition in Tampa. He has been invited to play in several showcase tournaments. Known for his quickness and stick handling skills, Cheslack is an intuitive player, anticipating where the ball is going to be rather than chasing it. He is recognized as a team player, willing to pass the ball to a teammate rather than take a shot himself. “I want to give others a chance to be in the spotlight,” he said. Challenges: In a game with a lot of physical contact, Cheslack is only 5-foot-7 and 130 pounds. “I have to be smarter than the defenders because they’re usually three inches taller than me,” he said. Future hopes and dreams: College lacrosse is certainly in the plans for Cheslack, who has been contacted by about a dozen schools, but it will take second seat to education. Cheslack envisions playing in recreational leagues and even coaching after college.
“Lacrosse is helping me become a better person. On the lacrosse field, everyone needs to help one another and that’s true in almost everything in life.”
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