Court Stories

University of Texas student athletes felt the impact they have on one another in San Miguel Centro, Panama

August 2019 “ Our American culture is so focused on looks and appearance and clothes that I thought I was going to struggle with being self-conscious. However, I learned that I am able to go a week without a mirror, not worried about what my clothes look like, and remember that appearances aren’t the most […]

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Cristo Rey students found a home in the community, people and their hearts in Buen Hombre, Dominican Republic

August 2019 “I learned that the community is full of good hearts. They care deeply for those they love. Also, I learned that the community are passionate about their religion and traditions.” – Ailani The time spent helping build a basketball court, for the people of Buen Hombre was nothing short of an amazing time. […]

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Bellarmine Prep students slowed down and enjoyed the moment in York Castle, Jamaica

August 2019 “What I learned from the community was that we live very different lives, yet we are still similar in some ways. Most of us don’t walk everywhere, see goats and other farm animals every day, or know every person in our town, but we find ways to bond with music, sports, and smiles. […]

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Kansas State University athletes created friendships that were hard to leave in Aguas Claras, Costa Rica

August 2019 Twenty people — 16 K-State student-athletes and four staff members — trudged through the Manhattan Regional Airport on Tuesday afternoon. Their exhaustion was palpable. As the baggage claim carousel began to bring out their bags, so was a newfound bond between the Wildcats from six different teams and four different departments. Before anyone […]

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“It’s so much more than a court” expressed UCF Athletes in Santa Ana, Colombia

August 2019 “I learned that the world may view America a certain way, and hopefully this trip changed the perception of Americans to Santa Ana.” – Alyssa “The biggest thing I learned from the community is the power of expressing thankfulness.  From the moment we got here they celebrated and showered us with love.  That […]

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Memories made in Apac, Uganda will be cherished forever

August 2019 After months of preparation, anticipation and excitement our time in Apac, Uganda has officially come and gone.  Just like that we are back in the states and life has returned back to its normal routine. Time sure did fly by while we were gone and I’m sure we are all missing the community […]

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Bellarmine Preparatory “built not just a court, but history” in El Penon, Panama

August 2019 Friday morning, the entire Bellarmine Preparatory group woke up early to drive to the airport for an 8:40 am flight.  We flew from Seattle to Atlanta and from there to Panama City.  There we went through customs and stepped out into the hot, humid night air of Panama.  Juan, and his son, Juan, […]

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Xavier and Servite High School students learned “Teamwork is everything” in La Esperanza, Costa Rica

July 2019 Our 8 days spent with the community of La Esperanza building a court was filled with so many remarkable transformations.   Not only did we collectively transform a muddy field into a permanent multi-use court — we also became part of the community and part of the Costa Rican “Pura Vida” approach to living.  […]

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Washington and Oregon students learn the importance of community on their trip to Woodford, Jamaica

July 2019 Early one July morning, 20 anxious Vancouver/Portland students met with their 4 mentors at the airport to embark on a life changing journey. No one knew what to expect . . . well, maybe some of the chaperones did slightly, but I can say for certain that this experience was one of a […]

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Saint Peters University students realized the importance of living in the moment in Puerto Eten, Peru

August 2019 “This is a community that believes women are not as strong or hardworking as the men.  I heard some of the guys saying ‘you see, women can too’ and another saying ‘you have to work as hard as her.’  I’m sure we changed a few minds”. – Leslie I decided to go on […]

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