Cliff “Clifford” Kigar has played lacrosse as a member of the Olentangy High School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute teams. His passion for the sport and for his community has inspired Cliff Kigar to participate in philanthropic activities with Lacrosse the Nations.
Lacrosse the Nations operates as an international community of lacrosse enthusiasts who use their love for the sport to improve educational opportunities and health care for children all over the world. Individuals can get involved with the Lacrosse the Nations (LtN) effort in a number of ways.
As a nonprofit, LtN relies heavily on the support and contributions of volunteers. Volunteer opportunities range from acting as a lacrosse coach for underprivileged youths to assisting in the coordination of LtN fundraisers. For more information on LtN volunteer opportunities and programs, visit http://www.lacrossethenations.org and download the full summary of LtN Team Up opportunities, including the Scoop for Loot and LtN Mini Jam fundraisers.
Individuals who do not have the time to volunteer but still wish to support the LtN cause can make a direct donation to the organization. These donations allow the group to continue using the sport of lacrosse as a teaching tool that imparts important life lessons and contributes to health education. Individuals can make a donation for any amount or make a $160 donation to the one-month nutrition program in Costa Rica. Donations can also be set as recurring monthly gifts.
An honors student and standout lacrosse player at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, Ohio, Clifford Kigar garnered honors as a first-team all-region attackman for the second season in a row. In addition to his academic and athletic pursuits, Cliff Kigar supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through the organization’s One Walk fundraising program.
Formerly known as the Walk to Cure Diabetes, One Walk is JDRF’s flagship fundraising event and the biggest event of its kind in the world. Each year, more than 900,000 participants attend local One Walk events in over 200 communities across the United States.
Individuals can participate in One Walk by walking alone or as part of a family or corporate team. All funds raised through JDRF One Walk events are used to support the organization’s various research activities focused on developing new treatments and eventually a cure for type 1 diabetes. In the last 12 years, the fundraising program has raised over $1 billion for JDRF’s lifesaving research.
Promising young lacrosse player Clifford “Cliff” Kigar dedicates time and effort to fundraising and supporting Lacrosse the Nations. In addition to his fundraising page, Cliff Kigar organized a group of youth tournament referees who donated their ref pay in support of the organization.
In 2012, the Scoop for Loot fundraising campaign raised more than $44,000, an amount that is dedicated to serving humanitarian causes both in the United States and in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Coordinated by Lacrosse the Nations, the campaign encourages lacrosse players to solicit donations from supporters both online and offline. Donations can take form as a fixed amount or can be associated with the number of team ground balls that are picked up in the course of a game. The game is chosen in advance by the player responsible for fundraising. Lacrosse the Nations has a comprehensive fundraising platform developed online, allowing all pledges and donations to be completed before the game begins.
Causes supported by the Scoop for Loot include salaries for lacrosse coaches and support staff in the United States, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, as well as scholarships for staff training and development, healthy snacks and meals, and funds for expenses incurred during field trips.
Cliff Kigar is a field lacrosse player and is one of many volunteers of Lacrosse the Nations (LtN). LtN is an organization dedicated to strengthening communities across the world through lacrosse. Lacrosse may be simply a sport to some, but to Cliff Kigar and members of LtN, it’s a way to improve worldwide education and health by creating opportunities for children in need.
The core values of Lacrosse the Nations lie in creating autonomous leadership through unified strength. The organization serves as ambassadors of hope by providing underprivileged individuals with an opportunity to engage in an activity that promotes physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In areas with fewer athletic and educational opportunities, Lacrosse the Nations empowers individuals by teaching basic health and nutrition, as well as self-esteem and the importance of education. At the heart of the program is the idea that organized sports fosters natural child development and provides children of all ages and backgrounds with a positive social environment.
A junior at Olentangy High School, Cliff Kigar is an avid lacrosse player with an aptitude for science and math. Cliff Kigar is also active in his community. He supports the work of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through their Walk to Cure Diabetes.
Founded in 1970, the JDRF is dedicated to fighting Type 1 diabetes across the globe. Aside from the government, funds raised through JDRF are the second largest source of funding for Type 1 diabetes research.
A key element of the JDRF’s fundraising capacity is the Walk to Cure Diabetes program. Every year, walkers get together in the United States and around the world to walk individually or in teams to raise money for diabetes research. In the last decade alone, this fundraising program has raised over $1 billion.
For more information on how to join Cliff Kigar in participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, visit their website at www2.jdrf.org.
Young Life, a national non-profit organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was founded in 1941. Young Life’s mission as an evangelical Christian group is to introduce young people to Christianity and help them feel comfortable with faith-oriented ways of living.
The organization has over 700 chapters across the United States and worldwide, and the major evangelical events held for high school and college-age individuals include summer camps, where young people are encouraged to relax, have fun, and learn about Christianity. The Young Life organization also offers several niche programs, including Wyldlife, for middle school students; Young Life Capernaum, for youth with mental and physical handicaps; and Young Life Military, for the children of active military personnel. Each summer, over 100,000 young people spend time at the Young Life summer camps and several more participate in Young Life social activities at local chapters throughout the year.
About the Author: As a young person exploring his faith, Cliff Kigar is a member of the Young Life group in Lewis Center, Ohio. Cliff attends Club and Campaigners activities and enjoys the fun of the Young Life community.
Not only is lacrosse fun to play, but it also has a rich history, dating back hundreds of years and originating with the Native Americans. Teams consisted of entire Native American villages, and the sport was considered a good preparation for war.
Europeans began playing after they saw the Native Americans compete. The sport received its modern name when Frenchmen thought the playing stick resembled “la crosse,” the curved portion of a bishop’s staff. Canadians began playing in the 19th century, and they soon established a governing body and written rules. Only after the American Civil War did the sport became popular in the United States, and teams often sprang up on college campuses that sponsored ice hockey. In fact, the original rules of hockey derived from Canadian lacrosse rules.
Committees chose collegiate champions until 1971, when the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) launched a nationwide tournament. Many colleges have club teams, run by students, existing alongside their varsity counterparts. Today, women’s lacrosse is growing, too; the women’s game is substantially different from men’s lacrosse, with smaller sticks, less protective gear, and prohibitions against body contact.
About Cliff Kigar: When he is not playing lacrosse or competing in cross country at his high school, Cliff Kigar enjoys sailing, skimboarding, swimming, basketball, and playing guitar.