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August 19, 2014

Team Uganda Featured on September LM Cover

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» From the Editor: Uganda's Lasting Legacy
» Cutting Room Floor: Covers That Weren't
» Dugan/Dixon: The 'Dream 2014' Journey
» Gallery: Uganda at World Championship
» Uganda Links: Dream 2014 to Denver

A month after capturing hearts and making history at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, Africa's first national lacrosse team has landed on the cover of Lacrosse Magazine.

The September edition of LM, which hits mailboxes next week, features Team Uganda captain Patrick "Pato" Oriana, goalie Allan Amone and defenseman Ronald Otim in a portrait staged by photographer Trevor Brown at the team's University of Denver dorm.

The cover adorns a special edition with 20 pages of world championship coverage, including more vivid photography and behind-the-scenes reporting with Team Uganda, Team USA and gold medal-winning Team Canada.

Just three years after the first sanctioned lacrosse game in Africa, Uganda overcame financial, political and cultural obstacles to get to Denver, where the team's story caught fire. Eight of the players come from the northern region of Uganda that was terrorized by the Joseph Kony-led Lord's Resistance Army during the mid-1990s and early 2000s. Many come from poverty.

Some, like Castro David Onen, sacrificed their jobs to play for Team Uganda.

“In case of anything, I can pick up and finish my school,” Onen said. “If nothing, I hope to spread the word of lacrosse in Africa.

Onen, a baker, scored in every game for Uganda, including the first goal in team history in its FIL opener against Ireland.

He also scored the first goal in the first King's Cup in 2011 in Kampala, Uganda.

"I scored the first goal in Africa. I'm very glad to come to America, another continent, in the world games of lacrosse, and to score again the first goal," Onen said. "It's a moment I will remember for a long time."

Uganda's debut was a moment the lacrosse world will remember forever.


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