(CBS Charlotte) — Have you ever wondered what “it takes” to become a professional athlete? Or, as a child, did you dream about becoming a sports star, without ever really acknowledging what you would have to endure in order to achieve greatness in the world of sports?
Like many kids, Erik Holt dreamed of becoming a professional athlete one day — and his dedication and determination eventually paid off. He has been playing Lacrosse since he was 7-years-old, and currently plays defense for the Charlotte Copperheads, our local indoor Lacrosse team.
In college, Holt played Varsity Football and Lacrosse. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with an Economic degree, he chose to focus mainly on launching his career — but, he still had a passion for sports. One day, Holt saw a posting about the US Indoor National team hosting tryouts. He reached out to Graham D’Alvia, General Manager of US Indoor Lacrosse and President of the Charlotte Copperheads, who invited him to tryout with the US Development team.
Holt made the team and has been a member of the US Development team since 2010, and a Captain for the 2012 & 2013 seasons. During the inaugural PLL season with the Copperheads, he was also one of three captains.
When not playing Lacrosse in Charlotte, Holt resides in Hagerstown, Maryland with his wife, and 2-year-old daughter. He also runs a Lacrosse camp, clinic, & tournament company, Lionheart Lacrosse in Maryland. In his “spare time” he helped to found a non-profit, called Hayden’s Heroes. Hayden’s Heroes, Inc., was created to raise awareness for a rare disease, Histiocytosis, by raising funds to be donated to research, helping families who suffer from Histiocytosis, and to provide education about the disease.
We recently had a chance to meet up with Holt, and here’s his interview about Lacrosse and Life:
“Indoor Lacrosse is a fan friendly sport. You are right on top of the action. It is fast, physical, and high scoring. None of us can make a full-time career out of lacrosse yet. We are where the NFL was in the 50′s. We all play the game because we love the game! Because of this we love all (or any, ha ha) of our fans!” Erik Holt
Q. Where does your love for the sport originate from?
A. I love to compete! It is a great team game, but you also get that personal challenge as well.
Q. What other sports have you played in the past?
A. In high school I played Football, Basketball, and indoor Track. I was a High School All American Football player, and actually played Linebacker at Penn State.
Q. What made you decide to leave Lacrosse and play football in college?
A. Football was my first love. I knew I would always have an opportunity to play lacrosse, but I knew that I may not have the same opportunity with football.
Q. How long is the Copperheads season?
A. Our preseason starts in August. Our first game is usually around the 2nd weekend in September. It runs all the way into the beginning of December.
Q. How do you juggle working and living in Maryland, and playing lacrosse in Charlotte?
A. It can be hard, but you make sacrifices for the things you love. I love my career in Maryland, and I love playing indoor Lacrosse. Playing in Charlotte is worth the travel! It is the best city in the league!
Q. For people unfamiliar with the Copperheads, can you tell us something interesting about the team?
A. We were the best team in the league last year. We only had one loss all season and finished the season with a sweep of the Pennsylvania team!
Q. What one word best describes the Copperheads team?
A. Fast! Our team is extremely fast. We can run with anyone. The Copperheads team is also one of those special teams that you only get to be a part of a few times in your life. A team that really cares and fights for each other. Everyone is always on the same page and we all know how to win!
Q. When does the next season begin?
A. Our season opener will be in September at Bojangles Coliseum. Keep an eye out for some preseason fan relation events in August. (player meet-n-greet, open training camp, etc.)
-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte
(Meet the QC is a column dedicated to highlighting the individuals who work or reside in the Queen City.)