Play Like A Champion Today, Athletics To Travel To Uganda To Promote Youth Sports

Cooperative effort will help send 12 Notre Dame students to African nation this summer.


P.L.A.C.T. – Uganda, East Africa

Kevin Dugan is in his first year and Manager of Youth and Community Programs. Dugan is a 2001 Notre Dame graduate and a former member of the Fighting Irish lacrosse team. In this new position Dugan is overseeing a new initiative to use the platform of Notre Dame sports to positively impact you children and build internal and external community.

Dugan returned to his alma mater in 2010, where he served two years as the Director of Operations for the men’s lacrosse program. Dugan rejoined the Irish lacrosse family following three successful seasons as the head coach at the University of Scranton. He inherited a Scranton program with a 3-12 record and with just one recruiting class he had the Royals turning in a school-record 12-5 season. In just his third season, Dugan led Scranton to a birth in the Landmark Conference championship game. While at Scranton, he served as a member of the USILA top-20 poll committee.

Off the field, Dugan has been very active and involved in international social justice issues. His organization, Fields of Growth, was founded to use athletics as a community and human development tool in rural villages of Uganda, East Africa. Dugan has served as a global ambassador of the sport, working as a clinician with the Federation of International Lacrosse in France, Spain, Mexico, Jamaica and Guatemala. He recently spearheaded the formation of the Uganda Lacrosse Union with the Ministry of Sport and Education and the Federation of International Lacrosse.

In December of 2010, Dugan was instrumental in organizing the `Stand with Sudan’ peace rally and the Playing for Peace 3v3 basketball tournament on the Notre Dame campus. Later that month, he ventured to Washington, D.C., along with Fighting Irish junior defenseman Jake Brems, and met with key policy makers to further Notre Dame’s commitment to peace in Sudan by advocating for full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan.

Kevin DuganKevin Dugan

Manager of Youth & Community Programs
Youth & Community Programming