"As many of you know, giving back has always been extremely important to me. I have been granted so many great opportunities in my life that have shaped me into the individual I am today, and it only feels natural to me to pass along those same wonderful experiences to others. One of the greatest gifts I have been given is the game of lacrosse. There is nothing more joyful to me than getting out on a field with my best friends and playing, simply for the love of the game. There is no place that I feel more comfortable and free.
Many individuals do not have the same opportunity to enjoy this game that I love so much. They lack the resources, coaching, and equipment to play lacrosse and experience all of the great things that come along with it. It has always been my dream, since I started playing the game in 7th grade, to created these opportunities and to bring the game into the lives of others. It is the reason I coach.
In August, I will be traveling to Uganda with Fields of Growth International (FoG) to do exactly that- spread a love for the game and enrich lives in the process. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am for this opportunity. Fields of Growth is an amazing organization that embodies all of the qualities that I strive to embrace every single day. The organization was founded on the belief that we were put on earth to share our passion, joy, and gifts with others. Lacrosse happens to be the medium, but the goal is much larger. We want to be the change. Fields of Growth seeks to support sustained education, human development and rights initiatives in the respective countries they visit. To see some of the more specific programs through which they accomplish these goals, please visit this page: http://fieldsofgrowthintl.org/projects/
This opportunity, specifically, is extremely special. I will be leading a group of women's collegiate lacrosse players on a trip that has been titled the "Get Up, Stand Up" Tour. We will be working with young women and girls through-out Uganda to ignite an already growing passion for the game of lacrosse. Through this process, we hope to transcend all gender inequality and provide these females with a sense of empowerment and belief in themselves and their abilities.
Some of the specifics of what we will be doing on the trip are as follows:
- Run a camp at Makerere University for the Uganda Lacrosse Union
- Visit an outreach with HOPEFUL Uganda in the rural village of Kkindu where we will bring school supplies and athletic equipment to children at the FoG school for Orphans and Vulnerable Children
- Visit the children's ward of the hospital in Masaka
- Run lacrosse clinics at rural primary schools and hold an integration lacrosse clinic
- Build a home with the FoG Batwa Development Program Homebuilding Project
To learn more about Fields of Growth, please check out - http://fieldsofgrowthintl.org/
Well, tomorrow I have quite the journey to make. I leave at 8am out of Los Angeles, have a layover in Minneapolis, followed by a layover in Amsterdam, followed by a quick stop in Rwanda before I finally make it to Entebbe, Uganda. In fact, I leave on July 31st and arrive in August! If you were concerned for my well-being due to the extremely large amount of hours I will be on planes, don't be- I have downloaded four movies and have three books to read : ) But, with that being said, I may not update until later in the week. I guess that is it for now, still have some procrastinated packing to do....
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