Meet Owen Van Arsdale – an esteemed Investor here at Founders Circle Capital.
As a child, lacrosse was front and center in Owen’s life and a part of his DNA. His father and uncle were national champions on the same college team, and both became college coaches. His mother was also an All-American lacrosse player (and known to be the best athlete in the family). They inspired Owen to pursue the sport himself, so much so that he attended the University of Virginia to join the team where his dad was the coach and where they ended up winning a championship together.
Lacrosse was such a passion and focal point in his life that he redshirted as a freshman to have eligibility to play with the team for a fifth year and tacked on additional four years, working with Harlem Lacrosse.
At Harlem Lacrosse, his team became a high school powerhouse in New York City and won two City Championships, the four years that Owen spent coaching went well beyond lacrosse. He described the program as a balance of about 10% lacrosse and 90% helping middle and high school children in underfunded public schools to become scholars and leaders in their community. A day in the life would include tutoring, study halls, SAT prep,
college admissions support, and career planning.
“Many of the kids are some of the most remarkable people I’ve met; they just happen to be at a school that is overlooked and underinvested. Everyone has potential, but you need to invest in people – and that’s exactly what we did through Harlem Lacrosse.”
As Owen made his move to San Francisco, his passion for lacrosse and community building remained, and he now works with a local youth program. His legacy continues at Harlem Lacrosse, with his sister Elise running her program. If you see any girls with lacrosse sticks at 125th and Lenox Ave in New York City, chances are Elise introduced them to the sport.
The Founders Circle family is fortunate to benefit from Owen’s passion and spirit.