By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/16/18
North Penn 2019 midfielder Danny Payne has been named the Pansini Law Group Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week.
The award recognizes senior and junior lacrosse players that excel in academics, service and athletics.
Danny Payne Profile:
High school: North Penn
Grad year: 2019
Club team: Duke’s LC (previously Phillie Elite)
Honor Roll, National Honor Society, President’s Outstanding Academic Excellence Award, 3.76 GPA.
Service, community Activities:
Key Club member (ran Christmas homeless drive), Manna on Main Street 5K leader, Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader, Volunteer with the North Penn youth lacrosse players at camps/clinics, Variety Club community service volunteer, Special Olympics volunteer, Devon Horse Show volunteer.
3rd year varsity player. This season’s leading point scorer with 16 goals and 11 assists in 7 games, Brine National All-American – Team Pennsylvania 2016
What are your college, service, future goals?
Payne: “I hope to attend an academically strong college with a highly competitive lacrosse program and one that helps me stay involved with local community service. I’m happy to have some of these types of schools showing interest in me. I’m currently undecided on a college major but am considering studying in the STEM fields. Beyond college, I hope to have a rewarding career and to continue helping others by staying active in community and volunteer programs.”
How do you describe leadership?
Payne: “Leadership to me is always staying positive and encouraging others as much as possible. A good student-athlete leader is willing to put in hard work in the classroom and on the field and will push his or her teammates to work hard every practice as well as every game. It is important for leaders to listen and absorb what is told to them. Good leaders are always learning, working to improve themselves and setting an example as they lead others.”
How do you balance lacrosse, school, and extracurriculars?
Payne: “My schedule is often chaotic with academics, lacrosse, basketball, clubs and volunteer work, but I am able to prioritize my activities and plan accordingly to work on tasks. I try to utilize my time wisely and I take advantage of any downtime to get things done.”
High school coaches from Philly, Delaware, South Jersey, the Lehigh Valley and Central PA may nominate a player (junior or senior) for the Pansini Law Group Scholar-Athlete of the Week by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org