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Two years ago CASL player Larissa Estrada passed away in a tragedy. We plan to document her efforts in Nicaragua and build her legacy. Read more

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Two years ago CASL player Larissa Estrada passed away in a tragedy. We plan to document her efforts in Nicaragua and build her legacy.

About this project

*******UPDATE********

Friends and family, thank you. Over the past month we took a leap of faith and launched Dale Lari. At the time, my only goal was to continue the work of my little sister, Larissa Estrada, and fuel the game of soccer across the world. Her spirt was able to ignite supporters across nations and over these past few days she has inspired a global soccer movement.

Yesterday morning we raised 24 thousand dollars and now have the budget to buy the teams of Nicaragua a bus to travel to tournaments across the country.

We have less than a week left, and we're now extending the goal to 32k. The new funds will be used to send the team to their first international tournament in Guatemala this December. This will allow them to kickstart their travel while they begin to generate their own funding from the bus revenues.

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On December 8th, 2012, she passed away at the age of 13 in UNC‘s Children’s Hospital.

Her passing was a deep blow to a truly international soccer community.

As a young teenager living in North Carolina, Larissa gathered soccer equipment to send to her friends and family in Nicaragua. Her only hope was make sure that young players abroad had the equipment to enjoy the beautiful game of soccer.  

 Dale Lari is a celebration of Larissa’s life and legacy.

Today, we want to make sure that the spirit of Larissa Estrada lives on by continuing and documenting her philanthropic work in Nicaragua. 

The opportunity for us to give Larissa and those around her a chance to make a difference even after she is gone, is something we cannot take for granted. More importantly, this project is a symbol of sorts. A reminder that if one gives, one will always have.

Gracias,

Edwin Estrada (Larissa's Big Brother)

THE INSPIRATION

Simple Beginnings

Since she took her first steps, Larissa was introduced to the beautiful game.

Originating from rural Eastern North Carolina, where soccer is still in its humble beginnings throughout the local community (but rapidly growing as it is happening all over the country), she made it her mission to compete at a higher level.

Her passion was undeniable and powered by the dream of one day playing in those big games representing her club, school, and hopefully her country.

This dream, that children and adults alike share, knows no language, race, or gender boundaries. This is why we see soccer jerseys being worn all over the world by people of all ages. During the journey, one learns the virtues of sports that push us to become better people in our regular lives.

3000 MILE DIFFERENCE

Being from an immigrant family means being far away and growing up without grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins all around you. Larissa was Nicaraguan-American and maintained a close relationship with her identity, culture, and family, in particular, her closest cousin in Managua, Nicaragua, who was only a year younger. The two shared the same dreams and love for the sport.

Larissa + Cachorros FC
Larissa + Cachorros FC

OPPORTUNITY

As a young girl, she reached her dream of joining the one club she always wanted to be a part of, CASL. Despite driving hours back forth for every tryout, practice, and game, she realized her unique privilege. 

Larissa knew to be appreciative of this opportunity even if it meant late nights, homework in the car, and missing out on important school events because she knew the obstacles her cousins and teammates had to overcome in Nicaragua.

She understood the importance of transportation in order to succeed when resources are not available nearby.

It became clear that with the help of a bus, these kids can also overcome the limitations of their environments.

After joining CASL, Larissa continued gathering donations – clothes, cleats, equipment, and funds to those she cared about in Nicaragua.

Capital Area Soccer League (CASL)
Capital Area Soccer League (CASL)

Together they showed the community that children could positively affect people thousands of miles away.

Larissa was the link that was able to get the very first donations of  clothes, cleats, equipment, and funds to those she cared about in Nicaragua.
Larissa was the link that was able to get the very first donations of clothes, cleats, equipment, and funds to those she cared about in Nicaragua.

 A TRAGIC ENDING

Just as she was beginning to do so much, and preparing herself for the life ahead of her, she suffered a gunshot wound and later died at UNC‘s Children’s Hospital.

On that day, the state of North Carolina, with support from teams around the nation and world, showed solidarity and support to her family.
On that day, the state of North Carolina, with support from teams around the nation and world, showed solidarity and support to her family.
Cachorros FC team honoring Larissa in Managua, Nicaragua.
Cachorros FC team honoring Larissa in Managua, Nicaragua.
Hobbton Middle School soccer team [Newton Grove, NC]
Hobbton Middle School soccer team [Newton Grove, NC]
Schools honoring Larissa by releasing purple balloons on their soccer field.
Schools honoring Larissa by releasing purple balloons on their soccer field.

GOALS

We want to show the world how the soccer community came together to continue the work of Larissa Estrada.

Our goal is to buy a school bus, fill it up with soccer supplies, and then travel to Nicaragua to give to the Cachorros Futbol Club. They will rent out the bus to their local school so that they can make enough for water, food, supplies, and gas to take the kids to play competitive soccer around the country.

Cachorros Futbol Club [Managua, Nicaragua]
Cachorros Futbol Club [Managua, Nicaragua]
CASL Girls [Raleigh, NC]
CASL Girls [Raleigh, NC]

NICARAGUA & BEYOND

We believe that by documenting the journey of getting a bus full of equipment from North Carolina to Nicaragua, and the involvement of schools, businesses, churches, soccer clubs, and individuals throughout the country will show the world the impact the soccer community can have.

Please help us pledge whatever you can, and sharing this project with friends and family.

Soccer players, alumni, and families please Facebook, Instagram, and Tweet representing your club:

"Full of #CASLpride, I support #dalelari"

>> Wall of Supporters — Link — #dalelari to participate

>> Facebook Page — Link

>> Twitter Page — Link

>> Official Webpage — Link

>> CASL Webpage — Link — "Full of #CASLpride, I support #dalelari" to participate



Risks and challenges

Risk 1: It's possible that our timeline may be slightly delayed during the documentaries trip to Nicaragua. Flat tires, plane delays, ship delays, and other things out of our control. All of that will still be part of the journey we are going to embark on if we get enough funding for the film and the bus.

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    [KICK-OFF Sponsor]: Good karma for funding the bus and the documentary! And, of course, regular updates while filming from the road.

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    [THROW-IN Sponsor]: We'll send you an official CACHORROS FC sticker you can proudly put on your laptop, car, water bottle or wherever else you'd like to put it, helping spread the documentary of our bus journey around the world!

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    [GOAL KICK Sponsor]: A special thank you letter directly from the kids in Nicaragua. All backers are supporting sports and education. You will also be listed on our website as a Kickstarter backer! + ALL OF THE ABOVE

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    [CORNER KICK Sponsor]: Your NAME and your HOMETOWN will be added to our map of SUPPORTERS on the website. + An HD Digital Download of our film two weeks before its official release. + ALL OF THE ABOVE

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    [FREE KICK Sponsor]: Printable digital copy of film poster & postcard + digital download of a deleted scene from our film + your name listed under “Special Thanks” on dalelari.com. + ALL OF THE ABOVE

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    [SQUARE PASS Sponsor]: POSTER with all the CACHORROS FC players, parents, and staff! + ALL OF THE ABOVE

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    [THROUGH PASS Sponsor]: Have your POSTER SIGNED by all the CACHORROS FC players, parents, and staff! + ALL OF THE ABOVE

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    [HEEL PASS Sponsor]: A FRAMED & SIGNED (by the players) DALE LARI t-shirt, your NAME on the t-shirt, and photo album from CACHORROS FC! + ALL OF THE ABOVE

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    [FLYING HEADER Sponsor]: Have a QUOTE and your NAME inscribed ON ONE OF THE BUS SEATS for players and families to see as we create the documentary at all the stops from NORTH CAROLINA all the way to NICARAGUA! + ALL OF THE ABOVE

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    [HAT TRICK Sponsor]: Your choice of LOCATION / VENUE to HOST an equipment PICKUP for the bus to travel to. We are willing to go anywhere on our route from North Carolina to Miami, Florida! + ALL OF THE ABOVE // Perfect for local businesses, club teams, offices, and universities.

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    [BICYCLE KICK Sponsor]: The highest level of sponsor recognition. Have your LOGO painted ON THE BUS for everyone to see as we create the documentary at all the stops from NORTH CAROLINA all the way to NICARAGUA! Logo will also be featured on our homepage of dalelari.com and on the t-shirts. + ALL OF THE ABOVE

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Funding period

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