Help Jon Urbana Rescue And Adopt Denver Cats Through CrowdRise

Crowdrise, the popular website dedicated to helping people reach goals for their charities, has a new campaign available to donate to. Jon Urbana, the former professional lacrosse player and Denver camp owner has created an account to help rescue and adopt out stray Denver cats.

The charity Urbana is supporting in his Crowdrise campaign is ARAS, a no kill cat shelter in the Denver area. With winter weather already threatening the area, many of the areas homeless cats will be left out in the elements to fend for themselves. ARAS is a longtime advocate against animal cruelty, and wants to help as many of these homeless cats as they can. The nonprofit organization, with the help of Jon Urbana and anyone on Facebook who wishes to donate to the cause, will provide food and shelter to the cats in the Denver area.

Jon Urbana is best known from his days as a Villanova¬†lacrosse player. Upon retirement from professional lacrosse, he cofounded Colorado’s most prominent lacrosse camp. He is also a huge animal lover and has a soft spot for helping as many animals as he can which has led him to create this Crowdrise campaign.

Next Level Lacrosse Camp is well known as an ideal place to send aspiring lacrosse players each year for top notch training and skills they will not get anywhere else. Urbana cofounded the camp and offers his knowledge and skills to the camp and players as well.

Less known for his advocacy for animals, hearing through his Twitter announcement that Jon Urbana created a campaign to help the environment, and then to save homeless cats may be surprising, but he is a long time animal lover and dedicates time and money to helping out wherever he can. Being a Denver native and seeing the abundance of cats with no home in the area, he felt he needed to step in and help. Anyone who wishes to donate can do so, and all proceeds will go to helping this admirable cause.

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Matt Landis and the Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Team Give Back to the Community

The Fourth Annual Playing for Peace Clinic

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The men’s lacrosse team at the University of Notre Dame certainly portrayed character, culture, and community, the three pillars which the program was built upon, during the Fourth Annual Playing for Peace Clinic on September 24, 2015. The team traveled to Chicago to meet young athletes participating in O.W.L.S. Lacrosse, the organization co-hosting the free instructional clinic. The fall event, Playing for Peace, brings together college players, coaches, and community members for a positive impact in inner-city schools and athletes living in low-income communities. Participants from the community are invited to attend college games, take part in campus tours, and have also competed in a Playing for Peace essay contest.

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Matt Landis
Matt Landis grew up in Pelham, NY and began his career as an athlete at Pelham Memorial High School, participating in football, hockey, and lacrosse while excelling in academics and participating in the community as a volunteer. named Pelham Memorial football team’s defensive MVP during his junior and sophomore years. He has taken his athletic skill with him to his college years after earning a scholarship to Notre Dame. While interested in various other schools, Landis has stated that he chose Notre Dame due to its Division I programs for sports and excellent academic programs.

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Landis is currently a starting player for Notre Dame lacrosse. A finance major and full-time student, Landis works part-time and volunteers as well. He pursues his interests in hiking, skiing, skeet shooting, golf, and reading in his spare time.