Oct. 23, 2013
Once word of Lacrosse the Nations, a non-profit organization founded in Managua, Nicaragua, made its way to Ohio, local lacrosse players and athletes rallied around the organization. The tight-knit lacrosse community identified with the cause and immediately sprung to action in support of its mission. Leaders in the Ohio lacrosse community spearheaded efforts and the first order of business was to organize a fundraiser. In 2010, the Lacrosse the Nations Fall Festival began as a vision of then New Albany High School senior and lacrosse player, Grant Pendrey. Intersecting his passion of lacrosse and desire to help those in need, Pendrey unified the Central Ohio lacrosse community by bringing them together in support of the organization. Since the inaugural event, nearly 1,3000 Ohio lacrosse players and supporters have attended the fundraiser. Organizers anticipate several hundred participants for the 4th annual event on Sunday, Oct. 27.
"I couldn't be more proud of the Ohio lacrosse community for their amazing support of Lacrosse the Nations. They've dedicated their time, efforts and money to positively impact children all over the world and right here in Central Ohio," said Lacrosse the Nations Board Member and Ohio Machine defensemen, Greg Bice. "Join us at the Fall Festival on the 27th and know you're supporting a great cause and helping others," Bice said.
In addition to the Fall Festival, Ohio lacrosse athletes and supporters have organized mission trips to Lacrosse the Nations program sites in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, hosted school fundraisers and established a new program at Weinland Park Elementary School in downtown Columbus.
Lacrosse the Nations Fall Festival
The fourth annual Lacrosse the Nations Fall Festival is Sunday, Oct. 27 from 12 - 3 p.m. at the Resolute Athletic Complex (3599 Chiller Lane, Columbus, OH 43219). The fun-filled, family friendly lacrosse extravaganza is open to youth and high school boys and girls. The three-hour event will feature skills competitions including fastest shot, trick shot and accuracy and specialty clinics with Major League Lacrosse players and Buckeye alums Greg Bice, Eric O'Brien, Logan Schuss, Kevin Mack, Dominique Alexander and Stefan Schroeder. The Ohio State University Men's and Women's Varsity Lacrosse Teams will also facilitate coaching, games, drills and more. New in 2013, a garbage can lacrosse tournament for boys will make the event even more exciting and competitive. In addition to lacrosse, the festival will feature a raffle, giveaways, vendors, food, music, inflatables and a dunk tank. The cost to participate in the lacrosse clinic is a suggested donation of $25 per athlete with event proceeds directly funding Lacrosse the Nations' programs. All paying participants will receive a limited edition Lacrosse the Nations water bottle and will be eligible for other great prizes. Event sponsors who will also be onsite include Resolute Lacrosse, Resolute Athletic Complex, STX, Top Cheddah, Schmidt's Sausage Truck and the Ohio Machine. Players are encouraged to preregister for the event at www.ResoluteLacrosse.com, although onsite registration will also be available.
Lacrosse the Nations Around the World
Along with Resolute Lacrosse and Vineyard Community Center, Lacrosse the Nations established its first program in Ohio in 2012 at Weinland Park Elementary school in Columbus. The Weinland Park Wolf Pack consists of 4th, 5th and 6th grade boys playing in the Buckeye Youth Lacrosse League.
In less than five years, Lacrosse the Nations has established three international programs in Managua, Nicaragua and Playa Potrero, Costa Rica. Domestically, there are two programs in Weinland Park, Ohio and Charlottesville, Virginia.
About Lacrosse the Nations
Founded in 2009, Lacrosse the Nations is a 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit which brings the sport of lacrosse to impoverished communities to empower youth. Lacrosse the Nations unifies the lacrosse community to sustainably improve education and health while creating hope and opportunity for children in need. To learn more about the mission or to get involved, visit http://www.LacrossetheNations.org or email email@example.com.
Contact Greg Bice at 614.5562790 for more information about the Lacrosse the Nations Fall Festival.