Charlotte Biffar knew exactly what she was going to do once final exams were completed last spring.
The sophomore defender on the California women’s lacrosse team was headed to Central America to help those less fortunate. Never mind the fact that she didn’t know how to speak Spanish — what was more important to her was helping others, and using the game of lacrosse as a tool to do so.
Volunteering for Lacrosse The Nations, an organization that unifies the lacrosse community to sustainably improve education and health while creating hope and opportunity for children in need, Biffar headed to Nicaragua and Costa Rica to help out.
The goal of the trip was to teach underprivileged children life skills like teamwork and respect for others. First, the children were taught the life lessons in a classroom setting, and then local staff and volunteers like Biffar helped further explain those lessons on the field through lacrosse.
Read the full story by Tim Miguel on UC Berkeley’s athletics website.