Please help me fund my trip to central Colombia to help spread this great game to people who want so badly to play this lacrosse in the true spirit of the game.
Any money raised that goes beyond my travel will go towards paying for and transporting balls, goals, sticks and equipment needed for them to play.
What is my connection to Colombia? Let alone Colombian lacrosse? Truth is that this time last year I had none.
One year ago my knowledge of Colombia was limited to these facts:
- Bogota is a big city
- They speak Spanish
- Sofia Vergara and Shakira are very attractive.
- Medellin is where Pablo Escobar led his gang
- They make coffee.
- Valderrama was a great soccer player with big hair like Side Show Bob from the Simpsons.
One year later that can not be further from the truth. Today I know my way around the country, I have a understanding of the culture and have tremendous relationships with good people.
This was all created because some good people with big goals asked for help growing the game in Colombia. These people with their incredibly limited resources and knowledge of the game had passion. Passion to form relationships and provide opportunities via this sport that so many of us take for granted.
It is because of this passion that I considered it my honor to help. To be honest, at first, I was scared to go to colombia and trust these people I had only met via e-mails and phone calls. But I am so glad I did! I will never be the same.
Since that first meeting, in this past year I have spent 2 months with the Colombians entirely funded by from my own pocket. The strides that have been made to grow the game have been incredible! but there so much more to be done and the finances have become highly inhibitive.
Thank you so much for you consideration in assisting me in the endeavor!
LAX Coach Joe