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Meet Castro David Onen, Ugandan lacrosse pioneer

Three years ago, Castro David Onen scored the first goal in the first lacrosse game to ever be played on African soil. Last week, he scored the first ever goal for an African team in the Lacrosse World Championship.

Castro David Onen is a man who not only makes history, but endures it as well.

The leading scorer for Uganda's national lacrosse team made history Friday in Denver, CO when he became the first African player to ever score a goal in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, a tournament that was founded in 1967.

Onen ran by two Ireland defenders and put the ball in the back of the net in the third quarter of the team's debut in FIL competition. That goal stood alone at the end of the day with a final score of 17-1, but it was the one that stood out the most.

"I scored the first goal in Africa," Onen said. "Now I come to the United States of America and score the first African goal."Onen continued the streak by adding additional goals in each of Uganda's two games on Saturday and Sunday.

Onen only started playing lacrosse four years ago when the sport was first introduced to the area through Fields of Growth International.

"I played other sports like futbol, but I didn't succeed," Onen said. "Lacrosse is the one that I succeeded in."

Read the rest of Onen's story at Purpose 2 Play, and follow P2P on Facebook and Twitter.

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