New Balance has partnered with the four guys from popular YouTube channel Yes Theory (who challenged Will Smith to jump out of a helicopter into the Grand Canyon and staged the photo of ‘Justin Bieber’ eating a burrito sideways) to launch the brand’s new winter HEAT LOFT and HEAT DOWN styles through an exciting video released this past weekend.
Trevor Baptiste, Major League Lacrosse and New Balance athlete, switching places with Matt from Yes Theory for 24 hours, jumping between Matt going through a day of professional lacrosse training and Trevor doing Yes Theory challenges, all while wearing HEAT LOFT and HEAT DOWN. Pretty exciting huh?
We got a chance to speak with Major League Lacrosse Midfielder, Trevor Baptiste about his experience with the video challenge and much more.
Get into the interview below.
RESPECT: How did you feel when New Balance reached out for the video challenge partnership?
Trevor: I was pumped! Obviously Yes Theory does some pretty incredible videos so the opportunity to be a part of something that would allow me to have a lifetime experience, and on a platform like Yes Theory I thought it was too good to be true.
How nervous were you to switch places with Matt from Yes Theory?
I was a little nervous after watching some of Yes Theory’s videos. Obviously they really know how to take people out of their comfort zones, but I figured it would be an amazing experience either way.
How was the experience of doing the Yes Theory challenges?
Amazing. Going in, I didn’t think the challenges would bring so much empowerment. After every challenge you feel so alive. I never thought street performing in NYC would ever give me that feeling.
Which challenge was your favorite?
My favorite overall challenge had to be the helicopter ride over NYC. That was my first time in a helicopter and I don’t really do well with turbulence so there was definitely the fear factor, and also the view up there was incredible. So the challenge was extremely breath taking on many accounts.
Would you be interested in doing the switch again?
Absolutely! Not only was my experience getting out of my comfort zone something that I would love to do again, but the Yes Theory squad is a great group of guys. They have an amazing outlook on life, and they have a good time. Yes Theory is the real deal.
Inspiration behind wanting to play lacrosse as a kid?
Growing up I played a lot of sports, almost every sport my town had to offer. Throughout middle school I was really into football, and all of my friends that played football with me played lacrosse in the spring. So they told me that I should come out and play. Starting out I was terrible, a lot of the guys on my team had a few years of experience over me. Even though I wasn’t the best to start out, it was always something I found to be a ton of fun, and then as I started to get comfortable with it, lacrosse became even more fun.
What is your favorite thing about playing lacrosse?
Aside from all of the external benefits, like being able to do a video with Yes Theory and having a sponsorship with a fantastic company like New Balance. Lacrosse is a sport that encourages creativity. No matter what position or stature is, you can play this game, and in a unique way. That’s why I think it’s so fun to play and watch.
If you could switch places with any other athlete in another professional sport, who would it be?
I’d go with Lebron James. 1st because he’s the GOAT, and 2nd because the dedication he has to the game of basketball is extremely inspiring to me. He continues to get better season after season, and even though everyone knows he’s the best, he still works hard to get better. I’d love to see how that looks like up-close and on a personal level.
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