Month: November 2017

The Core Values of Lacrosse the Nations

 

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Lacrosse the Nations
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A former US Lacrosse All American and an alumnus of Olentangy High School, Cliff Kigar has received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence. At present, Clifford Kigar is enrolled in a mechanical engineering program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Moreover, Cliff Kigar supports Lacrosse the Nations.

Lacrosse the Nations (LtN) seeks to unify the lacrosse community with the goal of enhancing the health and education of children in need while offering them opportunities and hope. The nonprofit organization subscribes to the four core values outlined below.

Unity is the first core value. The organization connects the lacrosse community of the United States to communities in need within the country and internationally. Moreover, it relies on lacrosse community members to serve as “ambassadors of hope” to people in need.

Education and health constitute the second core value. The organization has adopted a focus on health and education, which are interconnected. It works with schools to educate students on the value of education, self-esteem, and health and the basics of nutrition. Its goals include boosting enrollment, improving attendance, and enhancing the rate of graduation.

Sustainability, the third core value, refers to LtN’s investment in the empowerment of local communities and establishment and monitoring of sustainable programs. Community leaders undergo training to help them manage the programs.

Hope and opportunity constitute the fourth core value. The organization mentors children, offering them lessons in life skills and character on the field as well as off the field.

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Community Athletes Support WWP

Wounded Warrior Project pic
Wounded Warrior Project
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Clifford Kigar is a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as well as the coach of an elite lacrosse team in Columbus, Ohio. A former US Lacrosse All-American, Cliff Kigar also plays on the varsity lacrosse team at RPI. Cliff Kigar participates with his team in various fundraisers for charities, such as a recent tournament to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is an international nonprofit dedicated to assisting members of the military, both active and veteran, who have incurred an injury while in the line of duty. Prompted by the tragic events of the 9/11 terror attack, the charity was founded in 2003 to assist with the growing number of veterans who had been injured, either mentally or physically, during their service.

The organization has many programs and fundraisers in place but relies largely on local support, such as RPI’s lacrosse tournament fundraiser. An annual event, the “Face Off For A Cause” held at Rensselaer raised over $25,000 in 2016 and included seven collegiate teams from the area in a round-robin elimination tournament. The Wounded Warrior Project encourages athletes to actively search out these community-sponsored opportunities to support the organization.