Kevin Dugan wants to use lacrosse to do good work in Uganda. He also wants to field some good lacrosse teams there.
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Fields of Growth focuses on rural poverty. But the organization has also helped launch lacrosse as a viable sport in the country’s capital, Kampala.
The organization has partnered with the Makerere University Business School to develop four lacrosse teams with about 120 total players. One goal is to have a Ugandan team compete in the 2014 World Lacrosse Games in Denver. An important step was the formation of the Uganda Lacrosse Union chaired by Davis Kamoga, who won the bronze medal for Uganda in the 400-meter race at the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Another goal: Tap student lacrosse ambassadors to teach the sport in poor villages.
“We will have Ugandans helping Ugandans,” Dugan explains. The students become models of the possible to village children. “You can see the dreams being planted in their hearts. To see college kids coming and visiting their school, that has an invaluable impact on these kids.”