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Nicaraguan Travels Teach Anthony Ciammaichella About Happiness


While most students spend their summer vacation working, doing internships, or sitting on a beach, Marquette men’s lacrosse freshman Anthony Ciammaichella did something different. 

He went to Nicaragua. 

The defenseman from Lewis Center, Ohio traveled to the Central American country with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Lacrosse the Nations for a service trip.  Ciammaichella spent five days in the capital city of Mangua and Chica de Nagua, a small village outside of the capital, where he worked with kids at a local educational program, Club Hope. 

Club Hope uses lacrosse as a vehicle to illustrate life lessons to young students, with formal lacrosse classes taking place twice a week.  In addition, children are provided with education and essentials – they receive elementary school-level tutoring and food.

“It’s something I wish I could do again,” Ciammaichella said, “I would love to go back to Nicaragua and see the same kids who I saw there before and see their improvements. I want to go other places in the world too.”

Take a listen to Anthony talking about how the trip changed his perspective on happiness.