Daily Archives: September 8, 2010

Lacrosse In The World: “Fields Of Growth International” Uses Lacrosse As Platform To Deliver Education And Healthcare To Developing Countries As Jeff Howell’s Trip To Uganda Demonstrates (Video)


Fields of Growth International is a non-profit organization that operates in Southwest Uganda. Our organization was founded with the belief that we were put on this earth to share our passion, joy and gifts with the less fortunate. We have formed an organization that uses the game of lacrosse as a relational platform to foster friendships and deliver education, healthcare and various forms of human development. Fields of Growth is about more than playing lacrosse, but lacrosse is a key component in our mission, because our organization believes in the power of passion and enthusiasm. We believe that when you share the things that bring you the most joy that you are doing exactly what God created you to do and that’s a great feeling.

Here is a video of my recent trip to Uganda with Fields of Growth International. This trip took me all the way from the US to Kampala, Entebbe, Kkindu, and Bwindi. Along the way we lived amongst the communities, experienced the life of the Pygmy people, were guests of honor at a local football match, and even experienced an African safari. Along the way we made connections with some amazing people and heard the stories of many more. Hope you enjoy. For more information, visit http://www.fieldsofgrowthintl.org or email me at jthowell89@gmail.com


Lacrosse Helping The Community: US Lacrosse “Fast Break Initiative” Sponsors Free Introductory Lacrosse Clinic With “The Preuss School UCSD” To Benefit Inner-City Youths In San Diego

The Preuss School UCSD, jointly chartered by the San Diego Unified School District and UC San Diego, is joining US Lacrosse to host a free introductory lacrosse clinic for 100 middle and high school students.

Students from Preuss, Lincoln High School and Gompers Middle School are invited to participate in the clinic from11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Preuss School on the University of California, San Diego campus.

The event is part of US Lacrosse’s Fast Break Initiative, a program that allows the organization to better serve groups in inner-city or underserved communities.

“In the past, lacrosse has been known more as an elitist sport, played by a more affluent population,” said Lisa Hawk, The Preuss School UCSD exercise and health science department chair. “Through this partnership between Preuss and the US Lacrosse Fast Break Initiative, this is no longer the case. It is a community building sport that bridges people and transcends ethnicity and economic levels.”

Ranked by Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report as one of the top schools in the nation, the middle and high school is dedicated to providing intensive college preparation for motivated low-income students who will represent the first generation in their families to graduate from college.

Lincoln High School and Gompers Charter Middle School work in partnership with UC San Diego to educate historically underserved communities to support their youth throughout high school and prepare them for a college education. This is done through a college preparatory school culture which emphasizes higher education as an attainable and beneficial opportunity.

Hawk said she’s excited to expose students from these schools to the game of lacrosse, one of the fastest growing sports on the West coast in which young athletes fall in love with. No experience is necessary to participate in the clinic and the equipment is free to the first 100 students who register.

The clinic is part of The Preuss School athletics department which provides students with the opportunity to compete in quality athletic competition at the high school level. “Our school believes that athletic participation is an integral part of the total educational program at Preuss,” according to Hawk.

With 820 students in grades 6-12, The Preuss School has a record high Academic Performance Index Score (API) of 894, which is one of the highest in the county. For more information on The Preuss School UCSD, visit http://preuss.ucsd.edu.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Adopts Fourth Grader JJ Snider Through “Friends Of Jaclyn Foundation”, Which Benefits Children With Pediatric Brain Tumors

The newest member of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team found his way to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in late August. JJ Snider, a fourth grader, has been adopted by the Buckeye family through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization formed in 2005 that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families.

The newest member of the Ohio State men's lacrosse team found his way to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in late August. JJ Snider, a fourth grader, has been adopted by the Buckeye family through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization formed in 2005 that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families.

JJ was diagnosed with medulloblastoma on July 12, 2006 at age 5 1/2. The tumor was successfully removed from his brain the following day and he has completed 31 radiation treatments and nine chemotherapy treatments since then.

On Aug. 25, JJ, his parents Jodi and Mike and four of his five siblings – Michael, Sarah, Mary and Joanna (oldest brother Rudy was at football practice) – came to Columbus to meet the lacrosse coaches and staff and take a tour of the team’s facilities, including Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the turf field inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center (where the kids all scored a touchdown!), the Buckeye football weight room, locker room, training room and more.

“The staff and I had an inspiring time meeting JJ and his wonderful family,” Dave Dobbins, the Ohio State assistant coach who oversees community service, said. “It was very apparent in the few hours we spent with this brave young man he will have as big of an impact on our men as we will have on him. Our team members are very excited to meet JJ this fall and have already begun to show great support through his website. We are thrilled to welcome JJ and the Sniders into the Buckeye Lacrosse Family.

JJ and his family will meet the Buckeye players when they return to campus later this month. He is now a member of the Buckeye men’s lacrosse family and will spend time with the team in the locker room, at practices and games, and more.

For more information on JJ, his family, and his story, or to leave a message in his guestbook, visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jjsnider.

For more on the Friends of Jaclyn (FOJ) Foundation, visit http://friendsofjaclyn.org/. FOJ has completed more than 230 adoptions in more than 20 different sports. More than 1,000 teams (major colleges, small colleges and high schools) are waiting to be matched with a child seeking additional love, support and friendship.

The Buckeye baseball team was involved with the FOJ in the spring, adopting Will O’Brien into their squad. The Ohio State softball team is a part of the program, too, and has adopted the sister of a child with brain tumors as part of the FOJ’s Safe on the Sidelines Program for siblings.

For more:  http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=89206&SPID=10648&DB_OEM_ID=17300&ATCLID=204989667

Western Women’s College Lacrosse: Oregon Women’s Lacrosse Signs 11 Recruits Including 5 From East Coast

University of Oregon head women’s lacrosse coach Jen Larsen added two more prep athletes to her signing class, giving the Ducks 11 incoming freshmen for the 2010-11 academic year.

Kelsi Anderson • A/MF • Littleton, Colo. • Mullen HS • Team 180 Earned all-state honors as a senior … also named team MVP during her final season … named first-team all-league twice and second-team all-league once … led team in scoring as a sophomore … voted Most Improved Player by her teammates as a freshman … selected to Team Colorado in 2007 … nominated for the junior national team as a senior … plays club Lacrosse for Team 180 … academic accolades include: Spanish honors award (2007).

Jessica Esteban • A/MF • Alamo, Calif. • San Ramon Valley HS • Triple Threat LAX

Led team with 73 goals, 22 assists and 95 points in 2010 … served as team captain as a senior … amassed 111 points on 82 goals and 29 assists as a junior … won school’s Cody Tatro Award as a senior … earned first-team All-East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) honors on three occasions … named team MVP three times … placed on the SandStorm All-Tournament team in both 2009 and 2010 … named to the West Side Lax Elite 25 (ranked 22nd in western United States) in 2010 … plays club Lacrosse for Triple Threat LAX… named to the North Coast Section Distinguished Scholastic Team all four years.


Caroline Federighi • GK • Pleasanton, CA • Amador Valley HS • Triple Threat LAX

Led team to North Coast Section (NCS) Championship Game in 2010 … helped squad make four consecutive appearances in the NCS semifinals … earned US Lacrosse All-America and Academic All-America honors in senior and junior seasons … named team MVP in 2009 and 2010 … participated in the 2010 ESPN Rise Games … named to the 2010 All-ESPN Rise Games team … named to the West Side Lax Elite 25 (ranked 16th in western United States) in 2010 …started all 21 games as a junior, recording a .610 save percentage … tabbed 2010 East Bay Prep Athlete of the Year … named to the All-East Bay girls lacrosse team by the Contra Costa Times … posted a .660 save percentage during her sophomore season to help team capture the NCS Championship with an undefeated record in EBAL play … competed in the US Lacrosse women’s division national tournament in Baltimore, Md. … academic accolades include: NCA Scholar Athlete Award (’07, ’08, ’09 & ’10), AVHS Principals List for a 4.0 GPA (’07, ’08, ’09 & ’10), California Scholarship Foundation member (’07, ’08, ’09 & ’10) … plays for Triple Threat LAX, which claimed championships in both the Galaxy Senior Division and SandStorm tournament … in 2008, helped her club team take second place in Mid-Atlantic Sr. Division, and win the SandStorm and Surfside championships.

Samantha Kiser • MF • Severna Park, Md. • Severna Park HS • SPlax 2010

Three-sport standout who lettered in lacrosse, field hockey and indoor track … earned Academic All-America and second-team all-county honors during senior lacrosse season … named first-team all-county in field hockey as a senior … helped lead team to consecutive regional and state titles in 2008 and ’09, including an undefeated season and No. 4 national finish in 2008 … Academic All-American as a junior … Honor roll athlete (’07, ’08, ’09 & ’10) … helped lead field hockey team to three straight regional and state titles … named first-team all-county in field hockey as a senior, earned second-team honors as a junior and received honorable mention as a sophomore … competed on the varsity indoor track team as a sophomore and junior … plays club Lacrosse for SPlax 2010 … academic accolades include: National Honor Society, Student Government Association (SGA), SGA Secretary (2008-09).

Erika McCool • MF/D • Moorestown, N.J. • Moorestown HS • South Jersey Select

HIGH SCHOOL – Three-sport standout who lettered in soccer, basketball and lacrosse … earned Academic All-America, first-team all-county and first-team All-South Jersey as a senior in lacrosse … helped lead squad to a Burlco League title before capping the 28-1 season with a New Jersey state championship as a junior tabbed Women’s Lacrosse Club of South Jersey Defender of the Year in 2010 … led soccer team to three league titles as a goalkeeper … named all-state, All-South Jersey and all-league as a senior … tabbed All-Burlington County League second team and All-South Jersey Group III goalkeeper as a sophomore … led team to South Jersey Group III title that season … voted most dedicated to the team as a sophomore and junior … served as team captain in 2009 … academic accolades include: high school honor roll (’07, ’08, ’09 & ’10), member of the Honor and Service Society… graduated with a 4.2 grade-point average … plays for the South Jersey Select club team.

Hayley Milner • MF • Brighton, Colo. • Brighton HS

High School: Earned Academic All-America honors as a senior … named first-team all-county and all-area in 2010 while earning second-team all-county honors in 2009 … earned the senior women’s athletic achievement award in 2010 … named second-team all-county in soccer during senior season.

Shannon Propst • MF • Bel Air, Md. • Fallston HS • Skywalkers

HIGH SCHOOL – Two-sport athlete who lettered in lacrosse and basketball … led squad to the 2009 regional and state championships under head coach Michael McTeague … helped lead basketball team to state titles in 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons … plays club lacrosse for the Skywalkers … academic accolades include: National Honor Society and Spanish Honors Society.

Nicole Puszcz • MF/A • Towson, Md. • Maryvale Prep • Rome 2010

Named team’s top midfielder as a senior … averaged 2.5 points per game as a freshman, 2.6 points per game as a sophomore and 3.5 points per game as a junior … voted by her teammates the Most Advanced Player in 2007 … scored a last-minute game-tying goal, leading to a game-winning final overtime goal to win the Winters Mill Invitational champions… played organized tennis throughout high school for the Baltimore Tennis Patrons Red Team (2007, ’08 & ’09) … plays club lacrosse for ROME 2010.

Chelsea Randel • MF/A • Pleasanton, Calif. • Foothill HS • BearLax

HIGH SCHOOL – Lettered three times in lacrosse and twice in cheerleading … finished career ranked eighth in school history in both goals and points … voted freshman of the year in 2007 … led team in scoring as a sophomore … voted most inspirational teammate as a junior … served as team captain as a senior.

Hannah Tack • MF/A • Glenelg, Md. • Glenelg HS • M&D 2010 Black

Three-sport athlete who lettered in lacrosse, soccer and indoor track … played four years of varsity lacrosse for coach Virginia Kincaid … helped lead team to a Maryland state championship in 2008 … selected for the Mid-Atlantic Team #3 for women’s lacrosse divisional tournament as a sophomore … played club Lacrosse for six years on the M&D 2010 Black Team … won a total of 12 major tournaments, including the Evolution Games and the Vail Shoot-Out in 2009 … helped soccer team win the Maryland state championship as a sophomore in 2008 … ran indoor track throughout high school, training under speed coach Alonzo Ruffin … earned a black belt in Karate.

Eve Tranchito • MF/A • Cleveland Heights, Ohio • Cleveland Heights HS • Ohio Premier

A two-sport athlete who lettered in lacrosse and field hockey … earned honorable mention All-America status and first-team all-state honors as a junior and senior … named first-team all-region as a junior and second-team all-region as a sophomore … earned Freshman of the Year honors in 2007 won school’s Cody Tatro Award … named Freshman of the Year for field hockey in 2006 … tabbed team MVP as a junior … served as team captain for both her junior and senior seasons … academic accolades include: National Honor Society (NHS) (2009-10), Secretary for NHS (2009-10), Key Club Member (’07, ’08, ’09 & ’10), Key Club President (2009-10), Renaissance Shared Governance Team and Leadership Group, Honor Roll with a 4.41 GPA … plays club Lacrosse for Ohio Premier, where she was a captain in 2009 … named to the Great Lakes National first team in 2009.

For more:  http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=4427&SPID=251&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=204986047