Victoria Macres spent the first two years of her life in the Children’s House Orphanage in Magadan, Siberia- RUSSIA- where it was 26 degrees below zero the day she left for California, on December 24th, 2002. “Vic”is a Tenacity Sacramento player who has defied all odds to become not only a starting high school goalie, but a future NCAA Division I student-athlete. She is a lefty, not more than 5’5, and she has worked with TENACITY both on and off the field to become both a top student, and one of the best high school lacrosse players on the west coast.
Vic recently wrote me a letter about the impact Tenacity has had on her life after she earned the highest recognition awarded by the Congress of the United States to youth between the ages of 14 and 23 years old. To earn the Congressional Gold Award, she completed over 400 hours of Voluntary Public Service, 200 hours of Personal Development, 200 hours of Physical Fitness, and a 5 day Rim to Rim Grand Canyono Backpack Expedition. She will continue this legacy and earn her Girl Scout Gold Award in 2018.
Part of our Tenacity process is about setting goals, and Vic’s goal freshman year was to make the Varsity lacrosse team someday at her high school. As Vic says, “it was about 6 months after I joined Tenacity that I became confident enough to raise the bar and shoot for playing lacrosse in college.” Now Victoria Macres has achieved her Congressional Gold Award, and she’s verbally committed to play for a Division I lacrosse program. She is living fully… it’s what we call, living with tenacity.
Thank you to our supporters for making it possible for players like Vic to have access to financial aid for our programs and services. In 2017, we have given over $120,000 in Financial Aid for programs, travel, equipment, and counseling. If you have not yet contributed to The Tenacity Project, we hope you will consider making a difference today!