King’s Academy joins forces with Lace Up With LAX

Michael Kolkana, of The King’s Academy boys lacrosse team, left, tries to get away from Western High School’s Danny Panchookian in a recent game in Davie. The two schools partnered up with the Lace Up With LAX initiative to collect shoes, socks and raise money for the homeless. (Gary Curreri/Correspondent)

The King’s Academy boys lacrosse team enjoyed as much success off the field as it did on it as they joined in on a Lace Up With LAX initiative with Western High School in Davie.

The Lions finished the year at 11-7 but the junior varsity and boys varsity lacrosse squads helped Western High collect more than 86 shoes, 500 pairs of Bombas socks and $300 in donations.

King’s Academy coach Jacob Webb said he always looks for opportunities for his team to give back to the community.

“We are a local private school and these kids are very blessed,” he said. “For us, this is helping them see things through other people’s eyes. So I jump on all of these different opportunities whenever we get a chance…they just have to realize there are other things that are more important and you put rivalries aside and they will lighten up.

”The two high schools were among many college and pro teams who have also participated throughout the country.

Jacob Webb Jr., 16, of Palm Beach Gardens, is a sophomore at The King’s Academy in West Palm Beach and said it provided a good bonding experience.

“It is good that we could all come together over lacrosse, we are one big family,” he said. “We are all connected and it is good to do something beyond ourselves. It is good to give to the homeless and do something different because they need a lot more than we do.

“We are blessed being out here and playing lacrosse with all our friends,” he said. “We may give 110 percent out there on the field and bang heads but at the end of the day, it is not about us. It is about the people we are trying to serve.”

Since Lace Up With LAX’s inception in 2013, more than 2,000 pairs of new shoes have been donated to homeless shelters throughout the United States.