July 27, 2014
Though he plays sparingly these days, Chazz Woodson continues to give back to the game. (Matt Dunn)
Though he plays sparingly these days, Chazz Woodson continues to give back to the game. (Matt Dunn)

Give and Go: Chazz Woodson

by Megan Schneider | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

This MLL moonlighter, now a motivational speaker, might actually enjoy life without a cell phone.

Who is your favorite athlete?

Because I grew up in the Jordan era, if I had to pick one, it'd be His Airness. But I tend to like athletes that are either unbelievably dominant or smaller athletes —because I was the small guy for a long time — that do big things: Muggsy Bogues, Barry Sanders, Allen Iverson.

What's one thing you can't live without?

I'd be stuck without a cell phone or the Internet, but eventually I'd get used to it — and probably like it.

What's been the proudest moment of your lacrosse career?

The happiest and proudest moment was my junior year of college, having my NYC students (Woodson taught at PS 20, a grade school on Manhattan's Lower East Side, during his semester studying urban education) come up to Brown for our last game against Princeton. It was an experience they will never forget, nor will I.

What's on your bucket list?

My lacrosse bucket list is pretty short at this point. I intend to a leave a mark on the game that goes far beyond a uniform, a YouTube highlight reel or a SportsCenter Top 10 moment. Those are just the mechanisms that afford me the platform to do something bigger. I want the sport to be better for me having been a part of it. As for life, I don't really have a "bucket list." At some point, I'd like to own and operate a center for young people that provides the best leadership, athletic and educational development in the world.

What's the biggest obstacle you've overcome?

As I've matured, I've come to realize that I'm my own biggest obstacle. Coaching, mentoring and now speaking have done that for me. Every time I address a young man, young woman or an audience, I have to be authentic in order to make the impact I need to make.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

My great-grandparents. I would love to meet the people that raised two of the greatest people I've ever met.

What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done?

Dropping everything and going to Thailand in 2010 for a week. I took a chance, and I'm glad I did.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

I keep this one in my head when I speak: "When you believe in something, you become eloquent." When I'm a little nervous, or unsure of how my message will be received, it reminds me to just speak the truth. So far, it seems to have worked.

OVERTIME (from Maryland defender Megan Douty):

If you could have one song played after every time you scored, what would it be?

Two years ago, we did that in Ohio [for the Machine], and my song was George Clinton's "Atomic Dog." It would always have to have one or more of three components — heavy hitting, old school or something that makes fans want to dance.

Double Overtime (from Serafina DeMunno, Barrington, Ill.):

Who first got you interested in lacrosse?

My father [Ed Woodson]. He played a year in college, post-collegiately in Sacramento and then coached the sport as I was coming up.

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