Patrick Timothee is a former collegiate midfielder at Coker University and was a four-sport athlete (lacrosse, basketball, football, and track) in high school. He remains active in lacrosse as a clinician for the US Lacrosse Sankofa Clinic Series, and as a high school and club coach in South Florida.

Tell us about your background? 
I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and grew up around a loving and supportive family. I have three brothers and both of my parents were born and raised in Haiti before moving to Florida. My life has always been surrounded by sports and the desire of being great at anything I had interest in doing, whether it was learning how to play the piano or even being a dancer.

How did you get started in lacrosse?
My second oldest brother convinced the lacrosse coach to recruit me to play lacrosse. After one of my high school basketball games, the lacrosse coach approached me and invited me out to lacrosse practice. After my first day I fell in love with the sport and never looked back.

What made you decide to play in college?
After only two years of lacrosse experience my curiosity and ambition drove me to find out how far I can go in this sport. My college lacrosse coach believed that I had the potential of being a great player. While recruiting me, he helped me to see the opportunities that I was not aware of that can come from playing collegiate lacrosse. 

How did you get involved in coaching? 
The reason I am a coach today is because of Donna Rose, who served for many years in supporting US Lacrosse's diversity and inclusion efforts. Donna felt like lacrosse needed as much diversity on the coaching side as it did on the playing side. With her encouragement, I fell in love with teaching and educating the next generation of lacrosse players about the sport.

As a multi-sport athlete, why did you pick lacrosse over other traditional sports?
Lacrosse offers endless opportunities that will take you places and help you meet amazing individuals beyond your dreams. I felt a true connection with lacrosse that I never felt when I played football and basketball. After being educated on the origins of the game from Native Americans, I understood why my love for the game was stronger for lacrosse than any other sport I’ve played.

What opportunities did lacrosse provide for you? 
Lacrosse gave me with the opportunity to be a part of a growing sport and contribute to the growth. This sport gave me the chance to live in Europe while getting my Master's degree and continuing to develop my lacrosse skills and knowledge. Lastly, lacrosse gave me the chance to prove myself at the professional level. That demonstrated to me that despite picking up the sport at a later age, if you put in the hard work, the professional level is in reach. 

Besides serving as a USL/Sankofa clinician, how else do you continue to give back to the sport?
I love doing free clinics and lacrosse sessions in the South Florida area for kids who can’t afford private coaches but want to get better. I also provide mentoring to those interested in playing at the collegiate level and need guidance into the process. When I first stepped into the sport I was fortunate enough to have someone to take time out of their day to provide me with the same service. Therefore, it feels only right that I return the favor to others. 

What motivates you to continue to give back to the sport?
The doors and opportunities that opened for me now motivate me to give back to the sport that continues giving. These are the same opportunities and experiences I want the younger generation of players and ambassadors to be exposed to. This sport is life changing and it is important we share these opportunities for the love of the game. 

What advice would you give to young athletes of color looking to get involved in lacrosse?
Don’t be afraid to express yourself. Do not feel like you need to change who you are to fit in. Although there may be days you feel alone, or like you don’t belong, you will be loved and appreciated for your individuality. You deserve to be on the field as much as anyone and you must never feel any less.

What does it mean to you for the sport of lacrosse to become more diversified?
It means the world to me because in order for lacrosse to grow and be more diverse, it's imperative for youth to see collegiate and professional players and coaches that look like them and are being successful within the sport. This will only motivate more kids to achieve the highest levels of the game. 

What type of social justice issues are you involved in or passionate about?
I am extremely passionate about changing the racial injustice that people are still facing in 2020. Recent events have unified a majority of people to step up and demand change within our systems and societies.

If you could provide a book for summer reading for students, what would it be and why?
I highly recommend “There There” simply because in order for us to grow as individuals and as a country, we need to understand our past. This book educates readers about many of the experiences that Native Americans in America continue to face today.