Every so often, a box of goodies is delivered to Kyle Harrison's doorstep.
A former three-time All-American midfielder at Johns Hopkins, Harrison eagerly anticipates its arrival, knowing it's filled with equipment and swag from his K18 line for Baltimore-based lacrosse outfitter STX.
Now the public can enjoy the products as well, because STX launched the third generation of the popular collection, which Harrison said was his most personalized yet, Nov. 13.
The latest class of K18 equipment was developed for intermediate players looking to elevate their games and skill sets. Joining the K18 handle, which was released in May, are a fresh universal legal head, gloves, arm pads, arm guards and shoulder pads. Previous lines were designed for elite-level players.
K18 is a bespoke line, largely tailored and adorned to the specifications of its namesake. Harrison was more hands-on with this line than he had been with the previous two installments of the collection, and said he had worked in conjunction with STX's designers and marketers from soup to nuts more so than ever before.
Harrison's distinctive touches are evident across the collection. The K18 pattern on the padding equipment includes game scores, important dates and mascots that hold significant personal meaning to Harrison, who grew up using an STX Turbo.
Among the icons are 9-8, the score of the 2005 NCAA championship game, during which the Blue Jays defeated Duke; a crab, Harrison's favorite food to eat when home in Maryland; a pair of Beats by Dre headphones to celebrate the K18 custom model; a soccer ball; a basketball hoop; and a Bear honoring Harrison's father, Dr. Miles Harrison, who played lacrosse at Morgan State during the 1970s. The cuff of the glove is imprinted with the K18 pattern and features Harrison's personal good luck symbol, a turtle, on the thumb.
"With STX and the LXM PRO, I've been lucky enough to work with players of all skills and ages at lacrosse camps around the country," Harrison said. "The design and development for the K18 equipment and apparel were inspired by my experiences coaching these youth players. I wanted to create an attention-grabbing line that features some of STX's best technology for youth athletes."
Harrison tore a quad in July and has spent much of the past five months rehabilitating his leg while continuing to compete on the LXM PRO Tour, which he co-founded in 2009. He's gunning for a spot on the defending world champion U.S. men's national team and will compete in the Blue-White scrimmage during the Champion Challenge at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Jan. 24-26, 2014. The contest will be the last on-field opportunity for the Team USA hopefuls to earn a spot on the 23-man roster for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse world championships, July 10-19 in Denver. A final roster announcement is expected in February 2014.
And as for his beloved Blue Jays, Harrison said he had nothing but faith in head coach Dave Pietramala and his entire staff, and foresaw plenty of prosperity for the team down the road.