When Tom Schreiber saw how passionate his lacrosse captain Chad Wiedmaier was about Fields of Growth, he knew he wanted to get involved.
Schreiber, a sophomore at Princeton University and an East Meadow native, boarded a plane on June 22 to head to Uganda to help the locals learn about lacrosse and lend his hand in service as well.
"I have never actually left the U.S," Schreiber, who attended and in East Meadow, told Patch before he left. "So this is going to be a little bit of a culture shock for me."
The trip involved Schreiber coaching lacrosse, building homes and volunteering at a local hospital in Uganda. He will also do his fair share of traveling during the process.
"I started to see how lucky I was, being at Princeton and going to a great high school," Schreiber said. "We had some alumni events, and you can see how much they really cared about these kinds of things."
Two phone calls later, Schreiber was signed up to head to Uganda.
Screiber told Patch that he would share his photos and story upon his return, which is scheduled in mid to late July.
Pertaining to his future, Schreiber is still undecided as to what path he wants to take, as law school is an option. He's also considered going professional with lacrosse, as his uncle has been a referee for a number of championship games in Major League Lacrosse (MLL).
"I would definitely consider that," Schreiber said. "Right now, I am still trying to figure out what path would be right for me."
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