Meet the CitySideLax Girl’s Director, Hilary Bowen!
Name: Hilary Bowen
Nickname: Hil or Hilbo
Year of Graduation (College): 2009
High School/College: Brighton High School and Northwestern University (Go Cats!)
Favorite Position: Midfield because you get to do a little of everything BUT my place of comfort is as a lefty crease attacker
# of Years Playing Lacrosse: 18 years I think!
Where were you born & where do you currently live?
Rochester, NY & Seattle, WA
Favorite Pump Up Song?
Walk It Out Remix by DJ Unk ft. Andre 3000
Do you have any pets?
No…but some day I will rescue a dog
What are 3 words that you would use to describe yourself?
Friendly, Warm, Optimistic
What does being part of CSL meant to you?
Being a part of CSL means so much to me. The crew at CitySide were my initial family out here in Seattle. They made me feel at home when everything was new and unfamiliar and I knew very few people. So right away, CitySide means family. Moreover, when I arrived in Seattle I thought that I was burned out from lacrosse. In CitySide I found the niche I needed to rekindle my love for the game by sharing it with others in a way that felt very natural and energizing to me. With that, it has meant cultivating and being a part of a community built on love, connection, joy, and personal growth and development.
If you could have dinner with any 3 individuals who would they be?
1. My mom- she passed away when I was 3 so I would love the chance to get to know her
2. Abraham Lincoln- I love him and want to learn more about who he was
3. Ellen Degeneres- it would make dinner constantly entertaining and we would probably dance
4. The Dalai Lama – that guy is always smiling and seems to bring really good vibes (sorry I know this is a 4th person in a question about 3)
What is your favorite lacrosse memory?
The last few moments of the National Championship my senior year. It was a tough year as I had torn my ACL half way through the season. Our coach’s father had also passed away mid season and he was one of our biggest supporters. We ended with all of the seniors on the field and it was just an extra special moment. But that moment would have meant nothing without the many amazing yetseemingly insignificant moments that I shared with my teammates every day at practice. That is why the experience was meaningful.
What are your favorite inspirational quotes?
“Ive learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
“Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Cornbread and Honey Butter
Favorite School subject?
What is your favorite place you’ve ever been?
Nicaragua. A six-hour drive out of the big city of Managua and a two hour drive on the back of pick up trucks way up into the mountains. I went during my senior year of college and it was the first time left the country. I had the opportunity to go with a number of Northwestern students on this service trip (including six of my lacrosse teammates). We played with the kids in the village and even introduced them to lacrosse. It was the first time I really combined my love for lacrosse with my love for service work and discovered how much I enjoyed traveling as well. Since then I have coached and done service work in Uganda and Jamaica and have traveled with Team Ireland to Prague (and soon England!).
Who is one person you look up to and why?
My dad. He is my guy. My mom passed away when I was really young and he has always been my rock. He was not only my biggest fan through my college years (he is a lax rat who never played!) but he has always encouraged me to be myself, to follow my dreams, and that hard work pays off. He also always held me accountable, taught me to see commitments through, and has always been there for me when I need him. He is just a really great dad and good person. Love you, Dad!
Besides lacrosse, what other interests do you have?
I love to travel and see new places. I love to read, listen to podcasts, go to live music, go for walks, and hang out with my friends and family. My interests change with the season but come summer it is hiking, spikeball, 3x lacrosse, and getting afternoon cold brews at Starbucks Mad Park.
If you were an animal, what would you be?
Well, I wasn’t sure so I just took an online quiz. It said I am a swan, whatever that means.
Any hidden talents?
I don’t think so… if they exist they are currently hidden to me too
What are your goals for lacrosse?
I live by certain principles that are same no matter what I am doing – to be myself, to continue to evolve, and to make sure care and connection at the forefront of what I am doing. So, with lacrosse, my goal is to always bring my best self to the field, to continue to grow as a player and coach, and to build and enrich relationships through the game!