Court Stories

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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A community from Malacatancito, Guatemala, teaches students about hard work, simplicity, and family

June 2019 After a red-eye from Portland to LA to Guatemala city, we still had a long bus ride ahead. Throughout the day of travel, we experienced this feeling of suspension- that the trip has begun, but we still had no idea what to expect. We were so ready to start building. Twenty-four hours after […]

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University of Washington athletes learned “…how we need to help, work with others, and it’s okay to be vulnerable” in Cambodia

June 2019 Our trip began with a 1:00am flight; with student-athletes from various sports joined together, we were ready for this life changing trip. Meetings leading up to the trip were quiet and so were the first few minutes at the airport. However, by the end of our trip we were inseparable and truly saddened […]

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A week for Jesuit New Orleans High School students in Cerro Ñeque, Panama went by in a blink of an eye but the memories will last forever

June 2019 After days of packing and dealing with a stressed out mom, it was finally time to head to the airport to begin my journey to Cerro Ñeque, an indigenous village in Panama.  This particular village isn’t near any big cities such as Panama City where we landed.  The village is in fact an […]

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Long Beach State athletes build a court and relationships in San Carlos, Belize

June 2019 Even though we shared a campus for years, it took a trip to San Carlos, Belize for a group of ten student-athletes and three advisors to create an everlasting friendship. On this journey we encountered many different lifestyles and met amazing people, that in the end changed us. Some of our main objectives […]

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High schools from across the US team up in New Forest, Jamaica

June 2019 Marquette University High School (WI), Jesuit Portland High School (OR), School Without Walls (DC), and Richmond VA area schools in New Forest School, Manchester Jamaica. I should begin this story by saying that this trip had ups and downs, highs and lows, forwardses and backwardses. If I started it any other way, the […]

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St. John’s Jesuit High School experiences “A feeling that money can’t buy” in Judea Nueva, Dominican Republic

June 2019 Two St. John’s Jesuit students, Andrew and Chet contributed their perspectives and experiences to make this story. Service in the Dominican Republic was as powerful and impactful for me as it was helpful for the community. Yes, helping to build the court was hard work. We filled, lifted, and poured thousands of buckets […]

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Jesuit New Orleans High School forced out of their comfort zones in Plato, Colombia

June 2019 Before arriving to Plato, we were warned that the living conditions would be very different from what we were used to back home. We were not thrilled, but we still tried to prepare ourselves for this mental and physical test. As we flew for four hours and drove for another four hours, we […]

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