Johns Hopkins-bound Campbell Case has one last good deed to share with the Orange County lacrosse community before she departs for Baltimore in the fall. She is capping her standout high school lacrosse career by teaming up with her former St. Margaret’s coach Holly Reilly and Renegade Lacrosse to holding an equipment drive throughout the month of May.
Case and the Renegade team will collect that old, unused lacrosse equipment that is cluttering up your garage and find a loving home for it.
“The purpose of the equipment drive I am putting on with Renegade Lacrosse is to provide gear to girls who are wanting to pursue the sport of lacrosse,” Case said.
Players wanting to donate lacrosse gear should email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 609-410-5956 to arrange a pick-up before June 1.
Case said that she plans to work with Renegade on distributing used ready-to-play lacrosse sticks, as opposed to sticks that are bought from sporting goods stores. Case thinks that a good used stick with broken-in strings are easier to learn with than a new stick with taut strings.
“While these (new) sticks are great for girls to start with, it does not allow for girls to progress to higher levels. The strings can be very tight and this might make it difficult for a young player to get comfortable with the fundamentals and this might make it discouraging,” Case said.
Case is doing the drive for her Independent Senior Project. She also plans to donate her own sticks as well.
In spite of a busy academic and athletic schedule, Case has helped Reilly grow the game in Orange County by coaching in the Renegade youth programs. Over 115 girls players, including 65 newbies, participated in the Renegade Fall League in 2019. Renegade helps new new players by loaning out equipment to the participants in the program Last season Renegade lent out over 25 sticks to new players to reduce the cost of trying out the game. Campbell’s drive will help expand this program.
“Campbell has coached with Renegade Lacrosse since 2018. She has always reached out and requested opportunities to coach and interact with youth lacrosse players,” Reilly said. “Campbell is an inspiration to many players with her savvy stick tricks and enjoys sharing her knowledge and skill with younger players,”
Due to the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, Case was among the many seniors across the country who all forfeited their final season of high school lacrosse. Despite feeling a range of emotions, she is thankful that she has donned a St. Margaret’s jersey in lacrosse and soccer in her four years at the school.
“Both of these programs (St. Margaret’s and Renegade) have taught me so much, not only about sports, but also about character. I would not have wanted my high school experience to be anywhere else and I am more than grateful for everything St. Margaret’s Athletics has done for me,” Case said.
Some of Case’s accolades include: St.Margaret’s athlete of the year, Adrenaline All-American, four-time Under Armour Underclass All-American, two-time Southern Section champion in girls lacrosse, first-team all-county in girls lacrosse, 2019 CIF SoCal Regional champion in girls soccer, second-team all-league in girls soccer.
Once she has graduated, Case said she looks forward to going to John Hopkins and moving to Baltimore.
“I am very excited to be a part of such an amazing and close team. I am also excited about competing at the next level and moving to Maryland,” Case said.
Players wanting to donate lacrosse gear should email email@example.com to arrange a pick-up before June 1.