WHAT WE DO
Our mission is to improve the lives of children across the world. Our tool is lacrosse. Our programs use the lacrosse field as a platform to teach students valuable life skills and improve education, while ultimately bringing joy to their lives. LtN’s holistic approach includes:
LIFE SKILLS CURRICULUM
Our life skills curriculum focuses on the traits and values that we as athletes learn through playing sports—often outside the specifics of the game. These include work ethic, motivation, response to failure, teamwork, confidence and self awareness.
Our programs aim to increase school attendance and improve graduation rates in the communities where we work. LtN provides annual scholarships at all levels for both coaches and student athletes.
LtN supplements the feeding programs in the communities where we work by adding of fruits, vegetables, cheese and fortified milk to government staples like beans and rice. Feeding programs bolster overall nutrient and caloric intake and acts as an incentive for parents to send their children to school and after school programs.
Our student athletes get to participate in various extracurricular activities outside of regular lacrosse practice including field trips, camps, and cultural celebrations. These activities not only help build relationships between coaches and players, they also foster attendance and increase enrollment.
Time and trust are essential to building succesful relationships. With this in mind, Lacrosse the Nations builds each program with an emphasis on sustainability. To achieve sustainability, LtN is committed to having:
No two LtN programs look alike because of the unique circumstances of each community. We collaborate with local leaders to identify how LtN can best help, and then adapt our programs to address their specific challenges.
Our staff are leaders within the communities we serve. Our programs run year-round because of our extraordinary Coaches and in-country Directors. Through our program model, LtN coaches become valuable mentors and role models for our student athletes.
We partner with schools and organizations on the ground to be our eyes, ears and trusted advisors. These local leaders help provide us with necessary infrastructure to bring lacrosse to new communities.
LtN’s GUiding Principles
Unity: Autonomous leadership and unified strength.
We seek engage members of the global lacrosse community as “ambassadors of hope” to join us in using the power of the game to serve those in need.
In bridging the U.S. lacrosse community with underserved international communities, both are enriched by Lacrosse the Nations’ program and mission.
Education and Health: Teaching and learning mental, physical, and emotional well being.
Supporting the connection between health and education, we partner with schools to teach basic nutrition, personal health practices, self-esteem, and the value of education.
We strive to increase educational enrollment, attendance and graduation rates by providing annual scholarships at the elementary, middle, high school, and university levels.
Sustainability: Researching and developing community relationships.
We establish sustainable and culturally relevant programs by listening to local communities members and training leaders from within the community to run the program.
We empower local community members to take ownership of programs to instill permanent, positive change.
We track, assess, and report our program metrics to constantly evaluate and improve the success of our programs.
Hope and Opportunity: Where there is hope, there is a will to create a better future.
Learning an unfamiliar sport exposes our student athletes to ideas, behaviors, and people they have never been introduced to before, and may never be exposed to otherwise. These opportunities, uniquely provided through lacrosse, open our students’ minds and expand their understandings of all that can be accomplished through sport and education.
Our programs create cycles of generational leaders who take on valuable roles as both mentors and resources for emerging youth in their communities.
We provide the opportunity for kids to be kids, helping them to thrive in all aspects of their personal development, not just survive.
future growth and development
LtN constantly strives to deepen the impact of our international programming through the continued evaluation of our strategies, resources, and partnerships. We are always searching to expand our program model to reach more international communities, at an appropriate rate, as the opportunities and connections arise.
Domestically, LtN aims to benefit youth through the training and development of a stateside volunteer force, to be named our LtN Ambassadors Program. In communities where there is a need but no existing infrastructure, we will work with local leaders as ambassadors of our mission to develop localized programming from the ground up. Where local organizations embodying LtN’s mission exist with a need or desire to expand programming , we look to form thoughtful partnerships enabling both groups to work together.