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Currently serving as Treasurer on the Board of Director for Lacrosse the Nations (501c3), I have the opportunity to help lead an organization that now provides sport for development programming in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and the United States.

I have been involved with Lacrosse the Nations since January 2009, when I joined founders Brett Hughes and Brad Corrigan on the organization’s first trip. Upon arrival in Managua, Nicaragua, I found myself in the middle of La Chureca, a trash dump community, surrounded by filth, disease, and despair. The inhospitable place made me ache with confusion, sadness, and, at times, anger.

Then, led by dozens of children, we found our way to a field. The place transformed. With lacrosse sticks in hand, we ran, we laughed, and we played. And for those moments we were all completely present. In doing so, I saw the beauty of the human spirit, the strength of the human will, and the internal source of human happiness.

When we left La Chureca our hearts and minds stayed. After over a year of volunteering with the start-up organization, I joined the Board of Directors in 2011 and together we work to build programs to help both present and future needs, by offering a PE lacrosse program backed by a life-skills curriculum, a feeding program, and educational support.

It has been a joy to see the sport that has helped guide me through life now help strengthen the lives of others.