Sean Traynor – Why I Play

As a kid I was always active. I played football, baseball and soccer for several years. I remember the constant travelling from one practice, then to a game, back to a team retreat. I always had to be playing something, and I was starting to get bored of the same routine. So one of my childhood buddies took me to a Mammoth’s game, which is indoor lacrosse. I fell in love instantly! The fast pace, the physicality and fights, the uproar of the fans, it all grabbed my attention instantly.

Slowly lacrosse bumped out all my other sports until it was the only sport I played. I would have to say that my parents were the most impactful people during my development on and off the field. They constantly gave me the support and leadership I needed to fall in love with the game. They never got too involved but they didn’t take a backseat either. And that made it different, it was something we all enjoyed, every game they would tell me pros and cons on how I played and we talked for hours. They would mentor me through lacrosse and through life itself. Easily comparing the two to situations on and off the field is still setting me up for success and I couldn’t be happier for all that they’ve done for me to grow.

Playing for the Valor V is something different look back on it. I realize I could have easily gone to another school and played for something else but the V is a big impact. To me it seems like an honor, not everyone gets to play, and to play for something greater than myself carries a different weight. It’s a motivation instead of a nag, it pumps you up without dragging you down. I realize that Valor isn’t the most liked school in Colorado, and I love that. It gives me a passion, a fire knowing that I’m in a tight community that has to work for respect. The V that sits on my chest is more than a letter, it’s a brotherhood, a community and a work ethic.

However, I’ve had to go through struggles to get to where I am. I’ve broken countless bones, received several scars, endured innumerable bruises, but I keep coming back. I remember my freshman year state championship. The first time Valor Men’s Lacrosse ever went to a title game, and we got smoked. I remember the discomfort in my body like something just kept aching. And I knew it was the feeling of effort, I knew I had to come back next year and out work not only my team but the other teams statewide. And that’s what I do, I push myself until I puke or can’t move the next day or even until I can’t walk; I do all of this because I never want to have that feeling again, I can’t endure the feeling of slacking off. I keep doing this too because I love the game of lacrosse. It gives me that rush and confidence knowing I put myself where I am on and off the field. And this whole event improved my work ethic off the field too. I can never put in half of an effort, I need to go all in or none at all.

After Valor Lacrosse is over I will be continuing my academics and lacrosse career at Rochester Institute of technology. And then after that I may register for the draft to get into the NLL, to play where it all began, the Pepsi Center. Box lacrosse has always been my favorite and I love the game. To know how much I’ve done for myself with this game, I would love to continue bettering myself throughout my life. To me it’s not just another sport but a way to understand life around you, it’s my nirvana. It’s where I can go to understand and release and I want to continue my state of peace.