One of the biggest stories of the World Championships was the little team that could, Against all odds Uganda made it to Denver to play for thei national pride .Uganda is one of the poorest nations in the world, with 37.7% of the population living on less than $1.25 a day, this team captured the hearts of the fans as soon as they walked into the stadium wearing their colorful Dashiki's waving their hands and boasting big smiles. They weren't the best team or even in the top ten, in fact, they placed 34th but throughout the tournament the Ugandan team played with a love and purity that made us all envious. This team reminded that it was about more than winning a lacrosse game, it was about taking on a challenge and doing your best. It was about enjoying the moments, it was about overcoming obstacles, it was about the purity and innocence of sport not tainted in anyway. This team was as close to rock stars as you could get, they drew applause everytime they entered a field whether they were playing or not!
During the game against Ireland it became obvious very quickly they were outmatched when it became 11-0 in the first half but that didn't phase them. Where most teams emotions would have been dashed, Uganda just kept doing what they were coached to do, they continued to play .... just then Casiro Onen ripped a shot and the crowd erupted into what very well could have been the loudest cheer of the week - It was the first International goal ever scored by a Ugandan player. The pure unadulterated excitement by the Uganda team would make you think they just beat Team USA for the World Championship!
Uganda went on to win two games in the tournament!