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Lacrosse Magazine September 2014 Issue Released Featuring Team Uganda And Full Coverage And Reporting At The FIL World Championships


Lacrosse Magazine Sept 2014 Issue

A month after capturing hearts and making history at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, Africa’s first national lacrosse team has landed on the cover of Lacrosse Magazine. The September edition of LM, which hits mailboxes next week, features Team Uganda captain Patrick “Pato” Oriana, goalie Allan Amone and defenseman Ronald Otim in a portrait staged by photographer Trevor Brown at the team’s University of Denver dorm. The cover adorns a special edition with 20 pages of world championship coverage, including more vivid photography and behind-the-scenes reporting with Team Uganda, Team USA and gold medal-winning Team Canada. Just three years after the first sanctioned lacrosse game in Africa, Uganda overcame financial, political and cultural obstacles to get to Denver, where the team’s story caught fire. Eight of the players come from the northern region of Uganda that was terrorized by the Joseph Kony-led Lord’s Resistance Army during the mid-1990s and early 2000s. Many come from poverty. Some, like Castro David Onen, sacrificed their jobs to play for Team Uganda. “In case of anything, I can pick up and finish my school,” Onen said. “If nothing, I hope to spread the word of lacrosse in Africa. Onen, a baker, scored in every game for Uganda, including the first goal in team history in its FIL opener against Ireland. He also scored the first goal in the first King’s Cup in 2011 in Kampala, Uganda. “I scored the first goal in Africa. I’m very glad to come to America, another continent, in the world games of lacrosse, and to score again the first goal,” Onen said. “It’s a moment I will remember for a long time.” Uganda’s debut was a moment the lacrosse world will remember forever.

International Lacrosse: Uganda Lacrosse Union Partners With Fields Of Growth To Bring Team Uganda To 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships In Denver (Video)


2014 FIL LacrosseThe non-profit organization, Fields of Growth International, in partnership with the Uganda Lacrosse Union, has formally announced its plans to bring Team Uganda to the 2014 FIL World Championships.

The initiative is being launched through the Dream 2014 Campaign – a movement inspired through shared dreams and friendships that have been established via the popular Lacrosse Volunteer Corps program that uganda lacrosseFields of Growth runs in Uganda and Jamaica. Over the past three years over 100 volunteers have traveled through this program in an effort to share their passion for service, education and lacrosse.

“We have hosted so many inspiring young men and women from the USA here in Uganda over the past three years. Together we have shared in the greatest gifts life has to offer; friendship, education, hope and dreams,” said Maurice Sserunkuma, Secretary General of the Uganda Lacrosse Union. “The youth of our country have a lot of needs, but no need is greater than the freedom to dream, and to act upon your dreams

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.

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.

through conscious endeavor and hard work. I am excited to see Team Uganda’s dreams realized through this campaign.”

Team Uganda has had no shortage of good coaching and support from a young and passionate group of supporters in the USA. The list of talented young Americans is inspiring and serves as a great reflection of the heart and character of the lacrosse community. Visits from the likes of Rob Pannell, Tom Schreiber, Chad Wiedmaier, Ryan Flanagan and John Christmas among nearly one hundred other volunteers have fueled the development and growth of the sport in the nation Winston Churchill once dubbed “The Pearl of Africa.”

“This initiative is all about a passion for life. The enthusiasm and love for the game embodied in the lacrosse community knows no boundaries,” said Kevin Dugan, founder of Fields of Growth. “Dreams tie mankind together. The power of dreams and sharing your passion cannot be underestimated – it serves to fuel a creative love that can help change the world.” The Dream 2014 Campaign aims to do just that. The theme One World. One Team. One Dream. was crafted by campaign director Aimee Dixon, a dynamic, young leader who played college lacrosse at Louisville and had a stint with the US Olympic Committee before moving to Uganda last year to create a development plan for the Uganda Lacrosse Union and a school for impoverished children. Together with a crew of college and high school students, Dixon is mobilizing a movement that will engage the entire lacrosse community, young and old, to extend the gift and power of a dream to Team Uganda.

For more information on how to support the Dream 2014 Campaign visit http://www.dream2014.org. Take action, get involved and be the change you want to see in the world.