We believe that education is critical for our student-athletes and coaches to succeed. Our goal is to use our lacrosse programs to help increase attendance and improve graduation rates.
ltn scholars program
Thanks to a grant from the Bill Belichick Foundation, in 2017 LtN was able to increase the scope of our scholarship program to include more LtN student-athletes. While public school in Nicaragua is free, students are required to wear uniforms, purchase their own supplies and pay for their own transportation. The cost of all of this can be overwhelming for families.
Our LtN Scholars Program provides a larger portion of our student-athletes with classroom supplies (backpack, notebooks, calculators, protractor, graph paper, writing utensils), two full sets of school uniforms, and two sets of PE clothes. We currently have 28 LtN student-athletes in Nicaragua on scholarship, made up of 14 players from Chiquilistagua and 14 players from Club Hope who have received all required school supplies. The expansion of the LtN Scholars program allows these 28 players to receive an education by eliminating that barrier – allowing our student-athletes to remain in or return to school.
Lacrosse the Nations staff, scholars, and student-athletes thank the Bill Belichick Foundation for making this program possible.
Eligibility Requirements for LtN Scholars
coaches' scholarship program
Central to LtN’s mission is the growth and development of our coaches. As an organization, we believe that access to education is key to escaping the constraints of poverty. Because our coaches are role models to hundreds of students, LtN practices what we preach by also supporting their educational goals.
Through our Coaches' Scholarship Program, all of our Nicaraguan coaches are pursuing higher education. In addition to their monthly salary, LtN provides a monthly stipend to cover the cost of university or school fees.
assistant coaches PROGRAM
Our Assistant Coaches Program was launched in 2014 as a way to motivate graduating student-athletes in LtN’s international programs with:
Educational Scholarships- Supporting supplies, uniforms, book bags, textbooks
Student Coaching Job Opportunities
Mentorship and Academic Support from LtN Staff
Graduating students chosen for the program have exhibited strong participation, a good attitude, strong academic promise and a love of sport.
Requirements for assistant coacheS Program
hours per week
assisting w/ practice
Meet Our Current assistant coaches!
Freddy Tellez, Assistant Coach at Chiquilistagua
Freddy is 18 years old and is currently in his second year at university studying English. Freddy graduated from Chiquilistagua Public School, where he played lacrosse and is now coaching. Outside of lacrosse and his studies, he enjoys playing soccer, listening to music and hanging out with his brother ( and fellow LtN-er) and friends.
When he first saw a lacrosse stick Freddy thought, “What are those sticks for? Fishing? Catching butterflies? But when the coaches explained the game I got really excited. At first though, I almost gave up because it was so hard, but I kept going and soon I got really good. Now, everytime I play I have a great time.”
This is Freddy’s third year as an LtN Scholar, graduating from Chiquilistagua as a senior scholar and continuing his education at university in our Assistant Coaches Program. His current scholarship covers the costs of his tuition and books for the 2018 school year.
Maycol Bojorge, Assistant Coach at Club Hope
Maycol is 24 years old and has been involved in LtN Programs at Club Hope for many years. Since his start, he has personified all of the values we hope to instill in our kids. He enjoys listening to music, reading and spending time with his family (Maycol is one of 8 children, 6 of whom play lacrosse with LtN).
Maycol says “being chosen as a LtN Scholar was a huge change for me. After seeing how our coaches included us and spent time with us, its become my turn to do this with my (former) classmates.“
This is Maycol’s third year on scholarship in our Assistant Coaches Program. Thanks to this scholarship he will be able to complete his high school degree. His current scholarship covers the costs of his tuition and books for the 2018 school year.
tutoring & study hall
Promoting education doesn’t stop with supplies. Along with our scholarship programs, LtN supports the education of our student athletes by offering tutoring and study hall in coordination with our lacrosse practices. By providing a structured place to come after school, mentors to lead study sessions, and classmates to study with, LtN is continually expanding the opportunities our student-athletes have to succeed.
Our tutoring and study hall sessions are coordinated by age and practice times as follows:
Club Hope Lower School: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 - 10:00AM
Club Hope Upper School: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 1:30 - 3:00PM
Chiquilistagua Lower School: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:00 - 10:30AM
Chiquilistagua Upper School: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:30 - 3:00PM