Court Stories

University of Washington Student Athletes Do “The Work” with Peruvians in Santa Isabel

“Asi es la chamba!” was shouted across the wet strips of pavement, usually followed by a smile or a laugh, as student-athletes and Peruvian locals shoveled and poured gravel and sand. “Asi es la chamba,” meaning, “this is the work,” reminded us that through setbacks and frustration, this is what our trip was all about. […]

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Long Beach State Athletes Sweat It Out in Valle Rico, Panama

Arriving in Panama, the excitement in everyone’s eyes was showing as soon as we landed in the plane, and it wasn’t just because we finally got to stand after a 7-hour ride. Making our way out of the airport, the heat and humidity slapped us right in the face. It was at that moment we […]

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Notre Dame Cathedral Latin Students Feeling Full in Woodlands, Jamaica

When I went to Jamaica with my school in the last days of May, I didn’t know what to expect. I was mainly focused on getting the work done and becoming closer to God through the experience. However, once I actually got there, surrounded by my classmates, I knew I wouldn’t be able to just […]

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SMU Joined Courts For Kids For An Impactful Trip To Silver Creek, Belize

Written by Travis Chamblee, SMU Athletics Public Relations, Associate Director Mission trips are about leaving a place better than you found it, building relationships, appreciating a different culture and discovering a new perspective. In May, a group of student-athletes and staff did just that while helping the village of Silver Creek in Belize. For some, it was […]

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Marquette University Athletes in Juanilama, Costa Rica

Getting off the airplane and being greeted by Jordyn and Betsy from Courts for Kids, and Brian, Lenisse and Zach from Peace Corps, was the perfect introduction to what the week would entail. The first thing they said to us set the tone for our trip, “Pura Vida.” In other words, “Get ready to go […]

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Southwest Washington Students Partner with La Lima, Dominican Republic for Spring Break

Traveling to La Lima, Dominican Republic, will forever be a time of my life where I’ll look back on it and wish to go back. I went into this trip with a positive mindset, very excited for all the new things I was about to experience. I think this allowed me to get the most […]

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Southwest Washington Students Bond and Build with the Community of El Rodeo, Nicaragua

“¿Que onda Mai? What’s up bro?” Just one of the many things we learned on our Courts for Kids trip to El Rodeo, Nicaragua. This was a trip full of just about everything from delicious food to a few sunburns. At the beginning of this trip, there were a few people who knew each other […]

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An Orphanage Gets a Court in the Dominican Republic

There comes a time in our lives when we take that first step to becoming the people we were meant to be. In the literal sense, you can relate this to flying to another country without parents to hold your passport and your hand. We become more independent. In a more personal sense, we put […]

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George Fox Men’s Basketball Team in El Chorro, Panama

Living out their team motto, “MBFO” (“Men Built for Others”), members of the university’s men’s basketball team left the comforts of home in mid-August to spend eight days in the impoverished community of El Chorro, Panama, building a multi-purpose sports court. All 16 players on the roster, joined by head coach, Maco Hamilton, and two […]

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RePublic High School and Institute of Notre Dame Students Work in La Parcela, Dominican Republic

This summer, students from RePublic High School and Institute of Notre Dame traveled to La Parcela, a small rural community in the Monte Plata province of the Dominican Republic. Prior to the Courts for Kids project, the community’s court had fallen into disrepair. It had been poorly built a number of years ago and was […]

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