INTERVIEWS | Will Dadouris
I started collecting used equipment in 2013, when I was 14. It grew so much that we formed ReLax and officially became a non-profit organization in 2015.
I was traveling to Jamaica with the Lacrosse Volunteer Corps. and Fields of Growth. Before our trip, we were asked to collect two duffel bags worth of equipment for us to bring down for the local players and we would just pack our own clothes in a carry-on. It started as a small collection with my town team and just grew into a driveway full of clothes and equipment – it was so much that I had to ask one of the other volunteers to pack a bag as well. After going to Jamaica and seeing the impact that the donations had on the Jamaica lacrosse program, I knew that I wanted to continue to collect equipment. I then proceeded to reach out to local players and clubs collecting two large shipments for Fields of Growth. It just grew from there. I realized that I could continue to support Fields of Growth and spread the love to some other teams abroad.
I am 18 years old, and attend Moravian College, where I am majoring in Biology and minoring in Business Management and playing lacrosse of course.
Honestly, I never could have imagined that ReLax would have grown this big and so quickly. When I first started, I just wanted to collect $10,000 worth of equipment, and now we have collected over $300,000 worth of equipment donations.
To date, we have shipped donations to Jamaica, Uganda, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Canada, Haiti, and seven states inside the United States. We have been fortunate to have been working with Encore for some time now and are happy to have been using their donations to support these deserving players.
I am fortunate to have an awesome team supporting Relax. Two of my high school friends have been amazing – Kaitlyn manages our website and women’s lacrosse donations, and Jack manages our social media accounts. My dad has always assisted with finances and legal work, especially since I began when I wasn’t of legal age.
Within five years, I would like to see ReLax being partnered with all the major lacrosse equipment producers, finding a home for all of their less marketable products.
This past summer, I spent six weeks with them in Jamaica as an intern for their summer camps. Currently, I am the equipment manager for the 2018 Jamaican National Team and have been supporting them throughout the tryouts and will be traveling with them to Israel next summer.