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.
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.
Edwin Estrada (Larissa's Big Brother)
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.
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.
Together they showed the community that children could positively affect people thousands of miles away.
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.
NICARAGUA & BEYOND
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"
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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