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Torrey Pines builds elite LAX program on foundation of caring for others

Torrey Pines builds elite LAX program on foundation of caring for others

The titles, and national recognition are nice. The program’s reputation for encouraging academic excellence is a source of pride, too.

But in the bigger scheme of things, what matters most to Torrey Pines lacrosse coach Jono Zissi is what his players do to help others.

Zissi demands that his players be involved in something bigger than themselves, and their sport. Reading to local elementary school kids, visiting wounded war veterans, running lacrosse clinics for inner-city kids, and adopting young cancer patients, are among the goodwill activities his players participate in.

“It’s literally the most important part of our program, without question,” Zissi...

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