FAQs - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Lacrosse the Nations is a 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit organization that unifies the lacrosse community to
sustainably improve education and health while creating joy and opportunity for children in need.

 

Who started Lacrosse the Nations?

Brett Hughes and Brad Corrigan founded Lacrosse the Nations in 2008.  Brett is a former All-American, Team USA and MLL player from the University of Virginia.  He played 6 years in the MLL.  Brad is a musician with the internationally renowned band, Dispatch, and played lacrosse at Middlebury College.

 

Who runs Lacrosse the Nations?

Javier Silva is LtN’s Executive Director.  He is responsible for fundraising, communications, international and domestic programming, and operations. The Board of Directors, along with field staff, provide leadership and execute the mission and vision of LtN.

 

What are the programs of Lacrosse the Nations?

Lacrosse the Nations has three international programs. Two in Managua, Nicaragua and one in Playa Potrero, Costa Rica.  Domestically we run a program in Charlottesville, Virginia.

We believe that education is essential to rise out of poverty, so our lacrosse programs are set up with schools and after-school programs to foster enrollment and attendance. These partnerships provide the necessary infrastructure to provide the practices which incorporate our Life Skill Curriculum.

 

How do we measure success?

There is an old adage in humanitarian work that goes, “What counts can’t always be counted.”  Nevertheless, we strongly feel measurement tools are essential to understand and report the impact of our programs. Our coaches record attendance for all of our programs, and also write qualitative reports regarding improvements in student-athlete teamwork, commitment, respect, health and other life skills learned through the curriculum.

 

How many students participate in the lacrosse program?

  • Club Hope: 40+ students ages 10 and over through before and after school lacrosse programs
  • Chiquilistagua: 800+ students in grades 2-11 through in-school PE and after school lacrosse
  • Playa Potrero/Brasilito: 80+ students of all ages, per quarterly sessions, through after-school lacrosse program
  • Charlottesville, Virginia: 40+ summer campers, and 30+ summer league participants

 

What incentives are designed to increase enrollment, attendance, and graduation rates?

Lacrosse is offered as both an in-school PE program and an after-school sports activity.  During the after school sessions, we invite children who do not attend school to play lacrosse, and we then invite them to attend school classes and to become a member of one of the school lacrosse teams.  We also take monthly field trips to a sports complex located just outside of Managua.  The combination of school, lacrosse and field trips is an incentive to enroll in and attend school consistently.  In addition, LtN helps funds school nutrition programs to provide nutritious supplements to breakfast and mid-day meals.

 

What kind of nutrition program is LtN providing?

LtN supplements the feeding programs at Club Hope and the public school of Chiquilistagua.  This includes the addition of fruits, vegetables, cheese and fortified milk to government staples like beans and rice.  Feeding programs bolster the students overall nutrient and caloric intake as well as their cognitive learning ability.  It also acts as an incentive for parents to send their children to school and after school programs.

 

How can I get involved?

We invite individuals, teams, and communities to get involved by raising both funds and awareness for our programs.

There are several different ways to Take Action including; joining Team LtN, buying LtN Swag, or organizing a Team Trip . We encourage our supporters to think out of the box and find new and creative ways to support us. Have a great idea? Email info@lacrossethenations.org and tell us how we can help!

 

May I attend a trip to Nicaragua/Costa Rica with Lacrosse the Nations?

While we have organized a few special “friends and family” trips to Nicaragua and Costa Rica, we currently use these trips as an opportunity to bring Team LtN members to meet our kids.  We believe visiting these countries is made only more meaningful after getting involved at home.  The best way you can join us is to first participate in one of our Get Involved Opportunities. Email info@lacrossethenations.org if you have interest in joining!

 

Where does the money from donations go?

Donations provide:

  • salaries for local Nicaraguan coaches and two Country Directors
  • academic scholarships
  • feeding program
  • funding for our domestic initiatives and partnerships with Boys and Girls Club in Charlottesville, VA
  • operating costs for our organization
  • equipment and field construction/maintenance

 

How may I learn more about Lacrosse the Nations?

Contact us at info@lacrossethenations.org