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Lacross the Nations

Jackson Danzig’s endeavors start with an idea and end up larger than life. He is always asking himself how he can make any part of his dream, bigger, more impactful or meaningful. While he plans to major in Business, he puts energy into all of his passions, namely; Lacrosse, and bringing the game to underprivileged children in Central and South America.

An important childhood memory of Jackson’s, was the night that his mother got a text message that Peyton Manning (his all-time favorite sports hero), was at an upscale restaurant not far from their home. Despite being in pajamas ready for bed, Jackson threw on his Manning jersey determined and helped buckle his younger brothers into the car. This was an opportunity to meet his hero. Upon arriving at the restaurant, Jackson was rehearsed, hopped out of the car and politely introduced himself to the hostess and asked if he could meet Mr. Manning. That night, by dreaming big and taking a chance, Jackson was able to meet and take pictures with his hero, Peyton Manning.

Most importantly, Jackson lives by the John C. Maxwell quote; “Dreams don’t work, unless you do.” Jackson adopts this approach to obtaining all of his goals.

As a Varsity Lacrosse player on a State Championship team, Jackson has aimed to grow the game abroad, and use it as the conduit to serve underprivileged communities in Colombia, Panama and Nicaragua. Not only teaching children lacrosse, but providing them with academic support, nutritional advice, mental health awareness and one of his favorites; financial literacy. He has become an Ambassador for international non-profit organization, Lacrosse the Nations, by organizing large youth clinics within his own community with all proceeds benefitting their organization. He will be running a camp of his own, in Colombia this summer, with the help of some of his teammates. Additionally, as the organization works within the education system in Colombia, Jackson hopes to implement a short financial literacy course for the youth. 

When Jackson is off the field, he enjoys competing on the Yorktown High School debate team, which many have told him was a natural calling. He founded a club within his high school called SHARE, addressing substance use awareness, and is on track to have every high school athletic team trained on Narcan by the end of this year. Jackson is almost a year in to his internship with Inspirit AI, an artificial intelligence firm where he has developed and submitted a research paper, pending publishing, on predicting price and patterns within the stock market using AI.

This summer, Jackson will live on Yale campus, as he attends Yale Young Global Scholars program for science, innovation and technology. Jackson’s dream is to attend Stanford University, majoring in business finance. He hopes to attend University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) for his MBA following. While he aspires to join the world of private equity one day, Jackson’s mission is dedicated to ultimately implementing financial competency programs within educational systems locally, and then of course, probably even broader.

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