With his muscular build and multiple tattoos, John Mott doesn’t look like your typical lacrosse player. And that’s the whole idea. Mott is the director of Xtreme Lacrosse, a group he founded in 2011. This January he formed a partnership with the Cornelius Parks and Recreation Department, and is rolling out new programs all year, including clinics, lessons and leagues for boys and girls. Registration for the summer season starts this month. “Our program is unique, “ he says. “Our players don’t just participate; we teach them the fundamentals of the sport and help them devise progressive strategies so they can achieve success.” Mott is originally from Long Island, N.Y., where he earned All-American honors playing lacrosse for the nationally ranked Ward Melville High School. He moved to Cornelius about 10 years ago, and volunteered as a coach for several Lake Norman-area lacrosse programs. Last year Mott decided to launch his own program, and Xtreme Lacrosse—which offers custom helmets and uniforms—started with about 60 kids. By the fall he had nearly 200, and with the recent partnership with Cornelius, he expects that number to double by the summer. “Over the years the sport has really exploded in the Lake Norman area,” he says. “And our goal is to expose as many kids to lacrosse as possible.”
For details about Xtreme Lacrosse, including lessons, clinics and leagues, go to www.xtremelacrosse.com.