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.
A mechanical engineering student and member of the men’s lacrosse team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clifford “Cliff” Kigar supports the efforts of Lacrosse the Nations (LtN). LtN volunteers such as Cliff Kigar work to improve education and health for children in communities across the globe.
Founded in 2012, the LtN program in Playa Potrero, Costa Rico, provides physical exercise opportunities for students in the small Costa Rican town. To accomplish its mission, LtN developed more than eight hours of athletic programming every week, including after-school lacrosse practices for students of all ages and mandatory physical education classes during the school day itself. Participants in classes and practices learn skills such as respect and teamwork, which helps them take a leadership role in their own education and health.
In addition to its athletics classes, LtN uses its LtN Scholars and Team Trips programs to provide scholarships to the most promising students in Playa Potrero. To learn more about LtN, visit its website at www.lacrossethenations.org.
During his time at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, Ohio, Clifford (Cliff) Kigar established himself as the school’s all-time leading scorer in lacrosse. Cliff Kigar continued his lacrosse career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and remains involved with the sport through his support of Lacrosse the Nations (LtN).
Lacrosse the Nations (LtN) began in 2009 with a goal of improving the lives of children around the world through the sport of lacrosse. Expanding its services in 2012, LtN established a program in Playa Potrero, Costa Rica, where local students previously lacked access to extracurricular activities of the athletic variety. Thanks to LtN intervention, however, the children of Playa Potrero now enjoy daily physical education classes as well as an after-school lacrosse program open to students of all ages.
In an effort to provide further extracurricular options to children, LtN has partnered with Abriendo Mentes (AM), a Costa Rican nonprofit dedicated to enhancing employment and educational opportunities. After the successful introduction of its program in Playa Potrero, the organization has developed plans to expand to a nearby high school, through which LtN would reach an additional 500 students.