Lacrosse the Nations began as a simple conversation between Brad Corrigan and Brett Hughes in 2008 about the truest power of sports to bring people together all over the world regardless of age, background, gender, ethnicity, experience or even language.
This conversation ultimately led to LtN’s inaugural trip in January 2009 to La Chureca, the city trash dump home to over 2,000 people in Managua, Nicaragua. Together, Brad and Brett founded Lacrosse the Nations, on the belief that the game of lacrosse they were given growing up held the potential to bring joy, hope, and change into hard pressed communities enduring poverty.
Lacrosse the Nations pilot program began at Colegio Cristiano La Esperanza (School of Hope) located inside La Chureca. In December 2012, La Chureca was officially closed. With the opening of a new recycling plant, families had to pack up their belongings and move into new homes in a nearby community, Villa Guadalupe. While the plant regulates commerce and families have moved, these drastic changes have completely transformed the economic and social livelihood of La Chureca families.
Education in Nicaragua
of girls do not attend secondary school
of children drop out
in the first grade
never completed elementary school
Club Hope - Villa Guadalupe, Nicaragua
Lacrosse the Nations partners with Club Hope in Villa Guadalupe. This community is a combination of families formerly living in La Chureca along with 1,422 people, 208 families in total, who were left homeless by flooding in 2010. They face unemployment, constant food insecurity and malnutrition. In the absence of outside resources, motivated leaders are emerging, and neighbors give what they can to support one another.
Club Hope (formerly the School of Hope) was founded in December, 2012 due to the closing and clearing of La Chureca. They offer preschool/kindergarten, academic support, music classes, a feeding program and, of course, lacrosse. Located at the entrance to the new community, Villa Guadalupe, Club Hope occupies a former clinic.
Economy in nicaragua
children between ages 5-14 involved in child labor
average daily income
living on less than $1/day
From Give and Surf:
”Economically Panama City and the rest of Panama are heading in two very opposite directions. In 1999 America handed over the rights of the Panama Canal and since then Panama City has been flooded with large development projects, international investment, and most recently the expansion of the canal and a new metro system. When visiting you will be extremely surprised to see just how sprawling and developed a city of only 1.2 million is. The less recognizable face of Panama for tourists are the individuals we as an organization share experiences with daily.
The communities Give & Surf support are part of the largest indigenous group in Panama, The Ngöbe–Buglé. The Ngöbe speak Ngäbere as well as Spanish and generally practice subsistence agriculture in areas of the comarca. Being that the communities we work with do not have a lot of land the families are supported through jobs with local foreign owned businesses as well as fishing and farming. The community infrastructure and educational support provided by the government to this region is significantly worse than the more populated areas of Bocas del Toro and Panama. Due to the lack of government support and opportunities 90% of the Ngöbe population live in extreme poverty and nearly 100% of children under the age of 5 are malnourished. The lack of government provided school has also resulted in only 18% of children ages 15-19 continuing education past 6th grade and a 55% literacy rate. For these reasons Give & Surf aims to improve the education and lives of those children and community members we are so closely connected to.”
Chiquilistagua - Managua, Nicaragua
LtN first partnered with the Colegio Publico de Chiquilistagua in June, 2011. LtN’s partnership has allowed the school to have their first ever PE program. Before joining with Lacrosse the Nations, Colegio Chiquilistagua did not offer any classes of structured physical education. Now, Students in grades 2-11 have class twice a week.
Located in a rural neighborhood just outside of Managua, the school has over 1,000 students from Pre-K to 11th grade. Families in this community have extremely limited access to even the most basic services. Opportunities for advancement are rare. While few ever leave, families are strong and committed to finding a better future for their children and grandchildren.