My name is Jimmy Joe Granito and I am from New Canaan, CT. I am a 24-year-old, I am currently finishing up my senior year as a communications major at Drexel University located in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love.
For those that are familiar with Lacrosse then you’ve probably heard of New Canaan. It is located in Fairfield County, a “hot bed” for the sport. There are multiple top 20 nationally-ranked high school programs quite literally a stones throw away, so pretty much everyone plays, or at least tries to play lax at some point. I am really lucky to have fallen in love with the lacrosse and am grateful for the opportunities the sport has provided me a long the way. I have met some great people and created life-long friendships, played in some of the coolest venues in the world
My journey to get to where I am today has definitely included some detours and speed bumps, but I have learned a lot and it has definitely made me stronger. I started my career at Loyola University in Maryland. During my freshman year we were the number one ranked team in the country as they had just won the National Championship (the year before I got there.) While I loved my experience at Loyola, I wasn’t as happy as I felt I should be. I began the search to find a new home and transferred after my third semester (January of my sophomore year), ending up at Drexel University in Philly the following Fall. I have been the starting goalie at Drexel for the last two years and am about to start my final season. I was appointed a captain of the Drexel Lacrosse team by my teammates.
So Why Am I Writing Locker Room U?
I know how hard it can be to balance everything that comes with being a Division 1 athlete. There have been so many times that I found myself sitting there wishing I had some sort of survival guide to make my life easier. We all go through this and it definitely helps at times to know you’re not alone. Since I have five years of personal experience as a D-1 athlete, I wanted to put it to use and help out others with their journey. I’m not writing this to tell you I know how to get through this thing better then someone else. Instead I want to reflect on my experiences and provide some insight to other Division-1 athletes on how I have been able to be successful at this level. In my attempt at doing this, I will also include some contributions from other student athletes and some of the people that work in the Drexel Athletic Department that have been incredibly helpful to me during my time as a student athlete. In addition to advice and reflections on my experience, there will also be some posts on random things that come to mind that you will probably find interesting. I hope you enjoy reading and feel free to email me with any questions you may have or requests for different content. Enjoy!