Students Donate Uniforms to Nicaragua Teams During Service-Learning Trip


Students Donate Uniforms to Nicaragua Teams During Service-Learning Trip

April 01, 2011

Every Sunday in many regions of Nicaragua, children and adults in rural communities gather to play baseball and softball. But while they play on teams, there is no money for team uniforms or proper equipment.

Each Spring Lasell students travel to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua for the College's international service learning program Shoulder to Shoulder.

And, when need met opportunity in early March, great things happened.

In March, Lydia Pittman, Director of the Nicaragua Shoulder to Shoulder program, received a desperate email from her community partners in Nicaragua asking for help for local athletes.

"I contacted the President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee Ashley Laramie to organize any donations Lasell could spare," said Pittman.

Two days before the team of service-learning students were set to leave on their Nicaragua trip, the SACC pulled together several items for donation to the athletes in San Juan del Sur - including Lasell uniforms, bats and balls.

The students and their advisors traveled to the country with suitcases filled with the donations. They presented the items to several local teams after watching their games.

"It felt great to donate needed items and offer a little bit of manual labor, but the most important thing was how much our students learned during the trip," said Pittman.

Lasell was able to donate a bat and five balls to four women's softball teams: San Rafael, Baston, Cebadilla, and Ochotal. San Rafael also received matching shirts, Cebadilla matching shorts, and Ochotal matching pants - all emblazoned with Lasell's name.

Men's baseball teams also were provided with matching shirts. Other balls and bats were donated as well, and everything considered "League Property" was designated to be returned to/lend to other teams when not in use.