“Lacrosse taught me I can be myself”
“Lacrosse taught me I can be myself”
Participating in Lacrosse the Nations’ programs changed Dorian’s life. Read in his own words how the program brought changes into his life and made him who he is today.
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Dorian is 17 years old. He has participated in Nicaragua’s Lacrosse the Nations (LtN) programs for 3 consecutive years through high school, and is one of LtN’s highest performing student-athletes. He is also part of the LtN’s Scholar Program, a program wherein 94% of scholarship recipients improved their overall GPA from the year prior.
Upon Dorian’s graduation from high school and LtN’s lacrosse and scholar programs, he was accepted to university in the city of Managua.
In his first year at college, Dorian felt the need to reflect on his learnings with LtN’s country director, Norman:
“I am currently in the first year of university, at the National University of Engineering, studying Computer Engineering. Many things have changed since I enrolled in lacrosse, from my personal self to my style and quality of life, things in which lacrosse was a great help to me.
All the teachings I have received with you have helped me grow as a person. Due to the great financial help that I got thanks to the scholarship program, my family was positively affected. I can't forget to talk about the love I received. Lacrosse always treats all students with an exceptional love, a love that feels special to each one of us.
And just like you all have given me your care, I have great appreciation and a huge space in my heart or you, the coaches, and my teammates - such is the case that I cannot imagine a life in which I was not in your organization.
If I had to choose again if I want to enter LtN, I would always say yes, every time I am asked. I love you all, each and every one of the members of this great project.
”Lacrosse never discriminated against me, never judged me, never singled me out. Lacrosse taught me that I can be myself, but also much better. Lacrosse taught me that we all have a great person inside, but it only takes a little push, a little help to bring out our talent and skills.
“Lacrosse always saw something in me, even when I couldn't see it myself. You helped me see that spark that we all have, you helped me bring it out better than anyone. Lacrosse taught me respect, discretion, camaraderie, to leave everything out there, to apologize and communicate. Lacrosse taught me that I can always give more of myself.
“But the most important thing that Lacrosse taught me was that I was never alone. Regardless of anything that happened, I always knew that I had a helping hand in the LtN members. You never turned your back on me, and that's what I most appreciation from you.
“You, my coaches, and my teammates were always willing to support me in whatever I needed, and that has no price. The scholarship program was undoubtedly one of the greatest aids that I have received from you, the mere fact that you paid for all the school supplies was a support that had a great positive impact on me and my family. For 3 years you paid for those expenses, for 3 years you supported my education, and I have made the most of it and I promise that I will not disappoint you in that regard.
“I cannot do more than thank you for everything that you have done for me and for my family. I would not be where I am I would not be who I am if it had not been for you, You are one of the best things that have happened in my entire life, thank you very much.”
Dorian is 17 years old and is Lacrosse the Nations’ Club Hope alum.