Court Stories

Feelings of pride, joy, and enthusiasm felt from the students of Jesuit Portland during their time in Don Juan, Dominican Republic

July 2019 On one of our last nights in Don Juan, as we sat quietly listening to the chirping cicadas, the squealing of dogs, and the revving of motorcycles, our leader, Sara, asked for us to take a minute in quiet and think of one word to describe how we were feeling. As we went […]

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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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University of Oregon students transformed by the bonds created in Ritchies, Jamaica

June 2019 Day 1– After a long travel day we landed in Montego Bay Jamaica in the early morning. Groggy and starving we were greeted by our Courts for Kids leader and Peace Corps representative with our first Jamaican treat… Patties! A delicious flaky handheld pie filled with spicy beef to get us going for […]

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Jesuit Portland students will never forget a chicken bus, a court, and the Chocol community in Guatemala

June 2019 A chicken bus, a court, and a community to never forget.  All 17 of us Jesuit students arrived at the PDX airport with our parents on Saturday, July 8th. We were a sea of purple sporting our Courts for Kids shirts as we hugged our families goodbye. Some of us were nervous, excited, […]

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Central Catholic students learned, “Happiness is better when it is shared” in Los Rios, Dominican Republic

June 2019 This trip was something that I think each person who went could agree on. It was an amazing experience that taught everyone important life lessons. I know that each time I think back to this trip, I’ll remember nothing but good times and many laughs I shared while being in Los Rios.  From […]

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