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Passion And Expression Gives Us A Snapshot Of Jon Urbana

Published / by WT23

Jon Urbana was most famously known by his followers for being an All-American lacrosse player at Villanova University. However, with the emergence of the internet and social media, Urbana’s prowess as an athlete has been morphed into the pixels that help to create an image of the whole man. His life as an athlete has lead to him becoming an entrepreneur. In 2011, Jon Urbana co-founded the Next Level Lacrosse Camp that is located in Colorado. The camp is designed to help high school players refine the skills that will take their game to the next level.

As a man, Jon Urbana tells his Twitter followers that he came to understand that there was more to life than just playing sports. There comes a time when you must find other creative ways to express yourself and release pent up energy.

Jon Urbana found his release and expression through music, photography (his blog), and charitable works. He plays the electric guitar and uses Ableton software to compose and remix songs that he later downloads as tracks for his followers to enjoy. And yet, his photography expresses a different facet of his personality.

There is a clear passion for animals and the outdoors. Fox Carolina summed it up best in their coverage of Urbana’s ARAS fundraiser.

However, whether Jon is sharing the work of another trip or he is the artist himself, each photograph draws the viewer into the scene. Sometimes it’s the way the trees frame a path or how the colors exude off the screen, each photograph speaks to the beauty that Jon finds in almost everything around him while he uses his pilot’s license to pull off some great achievements in the air.

Jon Urbana Photography from Jon Urbana on Vimeo.

Through his charitable works, Jon funds projects that are not just important to his community, but he recognizes that every community has issues involving water, sustainability, or health that needs to be addressed. So his charity drive for Earth Force uses a 6 step instructional model that combines civic engagement, environmental education, and STEM education to get youth and community members involved with investigating their own local environment.

Earth Temple – credit: Jon Urbana

During the investigation phase they identify the causes of a problem, then work within their communities to solve the problem lawfully. This program by Earth Force is at work in over 60 communities across the United States and Canada.