Dugan is responsible for shaping the vision of the organization, while also serving as the Director for all Athlete Volunteer Corps programs in Uganda and Jamaica.
Kevin Dugan founded Fields of Growth in 2009, his vision for the organization was shaped while coaching at the University of Scranton. His experiences as a leader in their international service program led him to El Salvador, Ecuador, Jamaica and Uganda. Dugan explains:
I was leading a student trip in El Salvador in the summer of 2007… We were building a health clinic… But the most powerful human to human interactions and moments of personal growth took place on the soccer field with Salvadoran children… That soccer field, both literally and figuratively, was a field of growth for all of us… and that is where the vision for Fields of Growth and the Athlete Volunteer Corps was born…
Shortly after returning from El Salvador, Dugan was asked to serve as a clinician for the Federation of International Lacrosse(FIL) and was being sent around the world to assist in the development of the FIL’s newest member nations. Dugan’s work in international service and his travels with the FIL led to powerful intersection of passions – education, service and youth sports, which are the three core commitments Fields of Growth came to be founded upon.
Dugan is a 2001 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a former member of the Fighting Irish men’s lacrosse team. After graduation Dugan went on to get an MBA at Wheeling Jesuit University. Dugan, a former finance major, had a brief stint at Merrill Lynch, before going on to coach college lacrosse full-time. He made stops at Wheeling Jesuit, Gordon, Yale and Scranton before serving as the Director of Operations for the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse program and ultimately moving on to run Fields of Growth full-time.
Dugan, an Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey native, also serves on the Development Committee at the Federation of International Lacrosse, where he helps advance their goal of seeing lacrosse added to the the summer Olympics.