Court Stories

A new family among families in Torti, Panama

A trip nothing short of exceeding our wildest expectations. This summer’s Courts for Kids trip to Torti, Panama left us all with lifelong memories, laughs, and tears when leaving such an amazing community that gave us the best hospitality and relationships. Compared to other Courts for Kids’ trips, this one was unique as we had […]

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University of Oregon student-athletes fly together in Paxmaramac, Guatemala

When ducks fly, ducks fly together. After nearly 20 hours of travel, we arrived in Guatemala City where we gathered our bags and went through customs. As we exited the airport it felt like we were the away team in game 7 of the finals getting off the bus as a hundred Guatemalan’s surrounded the […]

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Jesuit HS, NOLA boys working and playing hard in Batey Frias, Dominican Republic

For nine days I had the pleasure of suffering for and with the small community of Batey Frias and 19 rising Seniors of Jesuit High School of New Orleans to build something beautiful: a handmade basketball court. Before this experience I had been out of the country a handful of times, but never for this […]

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A home away from home for Jesuit HS New Orleans students in Boca de las Minas, Panama.

Nervousness and uncertainty were the best ways to describe our group checking in at the airport. Everyone guessing what the beds would be like and whether we would get sick from the food. However, arriving in Panama City was a complete shock. I have been told of the simple housing, lack of electricity, and unclean […]

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University of Texas student-athletes living ‘a cachete’ in Los Chiles, Costa Rica

Nine student athletes from the University of Texas and two staff members arrived in Los Chiles, Costa Rica not knowing what to expect from the days of work ahead. With one of the smallest numbers of volunteers in Courts for Kids history the team of athletes and faculty would exert themselves along with local municipal […]

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Deep connections that transcend language were made between Camas HS students and the community of Los Pilares, Panama

The first official day of the CFK trip was mostly a lot of tired, shy, and anxious students, very slowly (but surely) opening up to each other. Most students were exhausted from waking up early or staying up late, and didn’t care much about interacting with other students they had never met before. However as […]

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Students from SW Washington and El Rodeo, DR, usher in the official return of Courts for Kids

April 2022 In a world seemingly bent on division amongst ideology, this experience has restored my faith in humanity.  I needed to fill my soul, I wanted to remind myself of the importance of this kind of work.  I have been well fed ~ Jason, chaperone When 24 Courts For Kids volunteers arrived in El […]

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We are back!!

Dear Friends of Courts for Kids,  After a painfully long break, we have decided to resume Courts for Kids projects in 2022. We have not made this decision lightly, but now believe that it is safe for both our volunteer groups and our partner communities to resume our transformational, court building, cross-cultural projects. We have […]

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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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