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Relying on facial expressions, posture and a limited vocabulary, Emma Rose (’17), a member of the Gardner-Webb University Women’s Lacrosse Team, communicated her instructions to young lacrosse players in Uganda. “Everything you are taught by your parents, like to have good posture and to show well-mannered body language, comes into play when language is limited,” stated Rose, a political science major. “This is the beauty of lacrosse though, and the beauty of sports in general. They can be taught and translated through demonstration and knowing three words in Luganda. Those words being, ‘stop,’ ‘go,’ and ‘Mzungu,’ which is used to refer to people of European descent or a foreigner, just so you know when people are speaking to or about you.”

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Gardner-Webb University


Boiling Springs


Casey Powell World Lacrosse Foundation, Department of Social Sciences, Emma Rose, Fields of Growth International, GWU Women's Lacrosse, Kevin Dugan, Lacrosse Volunteer Corps, Uganda

GWU Lacrosse Player Shares Skills with Young People in Uganda