By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/27/11
Harriton senior midfielder Zach Fink has made a commitment to play Division III lacrosse at Franklin & Marshall College.
Fink has established himself off the field for being an advocate for prevention and treatment of Lyme Disease. After contracting the disease two years ago and seeing several family members suffer from the disease, he created a fundraising project called Fink’s “Powerful Pancakes” (www.powerfulpancakes.com). Fink has raised $5,000 for awareness and treatment of Lyme Disease and all tick-borne illnesses with funds going to the Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern PA.
Fink has faced other challenges. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the fall of 2010. He made a remarkably fast comeback and played his first varsity lacrosse game of the 2011 season at the 11th annual Katie Samson Festival at Radnor in April. Later that day he was honored with the Katie Samson Inspiration Award for his perseverance and work in advocacy of Lyme Disease prevention.
The dry pancake mix, available online at $3.95 a package (8 ounces makes 18-24 pancakes), is made with no preservatives and mostly from organic ingredients with some whole grains. The recipe was created by Fink’s mother.
Powerful Pancakes provide 16-20% of the daily recommended doses for fiber, and have high levels of calcium, iron and Vitamin A. The pancake mix is licensed with the Department of Agriculture.
Zach Fink log:
High School: Harriton
Graduation Year: 2012
College Choice: Franklin & Marshall
Club Affiliation: Rebel Elite
Major lacrosse honors: Named 2010 Central League Honorable Mention, MVP of Harriton HS Varsity Lacrosse; elected captain for 2011; Katie Samson Inspiration Award May 2011 for his positive attitude and role model through 2 years of Lyme Disease and Babesia (2009/2010) and his work launching www.PowerfulPancakes.com where he sells a healthy family dry pancake mix and raises money for the Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern PA; Varsity Soccer for Harriton HS, 2010-11
Academic honors: Honors student with 4.2 GPA; completed a Harriton High School Field Experience Internship with Commissioner Phil Rosenzweig, Lower Merion Township Commissioner, in local Government and Law.
What will you major in/study? “I am leaning toward business, but it’s an open book.”
Why did you choose school? “It really felt right. I really like the coaches (Todd Cavallaro is the head coach) and the lacrosse team is definitely up and coming. I feel I can be an impact player there.
“The people I know who go there say it’s challenging academically and the teachers are great. You can access them really easily. I did kind of like the small school; I thought I’d get a better education. They really stressed how great an academic institution it was and (assistant) coach (Randy) Marks keeps you in check. The lacrosse team’s GPA is higher than the average of the school.”
What is your HS team’s outlook for next year? “I want to see Harriton seriously compete in the Central League. I really want to get the team headed in a positive direction for the future. I want to see us lay a foundation and I want to see if we can win at least four games in the league.”
Other comments: “Rebel Elite coach (Harry) Sankey has always been there and he kept me in check after the injury and all the setbacks. He always inspired me to keep on going. I also want to thank (Harriton) coach (Richard) Owens and (Haverford School) coach (John) Nostrant. Of course, I also want to thank my parents.”