Court Stories

University of Washington Athletes in Matambu, Costa Rica

On Monday, May 12th, community members from Matambu, Costa Rica, watched eagerly as student athletes from The University of Washington filed out of two small buses and began unloading their belongings.  What initially caught the eye of the community was all of their fancy clothes and nice shoes- and not for the reason you would […]

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Kent State Athletes in Aguacate, Belize

Our trip to Belize was nothing short of extraordinary. Although there were a lot of things that came up, we all had a blast working with the community members of Aguacate and being welcomed with open arms into their homes. Never in a million years did I expect to be able to come on a […]

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Camas High School Students Welcomed in La Culebra, Nicaragua

The day begins with “Kevin” the rooster attempting to advance himself amongst the hierarchy of Roosterdom by perching high in a tree and crowing for all he’s worth. His crooning commences between 0400 and 0430. Off to the latrine and onto the court in the heat and humidity by 0600. Welcome to La Culebra, Nicaragua. […]

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SW Washington students making an impact in San Vicente Buenabaj, Guatemala

This was my second courts for kids trip and just like the first one I showed up at the airport, but with way more confidence than last time. I was feeling like a veteran. My Spanish had improved, and I thought I knew just what to pack. I ended being completely blindsided by the people […]

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Columbia River High School Working Together in Guadalupe, Costa Rica

In his Republic, Socrates stresses the indispensability of young men and women leaving their towns to experience the world and to see what dwells within it.  Courts for Kids is a fantastic avenue, facilitating the exploration of young individuals, including Columbia River High School students of Vancouver, Washington, to experience cross cultural exchange in a […]

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Columbia River High School in Valley of Peace, Belize

“This will be the hardest thing you ever do.” I remember Selene telling us this months before our departure, but it stuck with me the entire trip. Arriving at PDX near 3:20 am wasn’t anything new for me, but for the first time in all my travels, I actually felt scared. I had barely met […]

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Union High School Students in Los Coralillos, Panama

I’ll admit it, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one: when I showed up at the Seattle airport at 8:32 p.m. the excited feeling in my gut was lined with the shiver of nervousness and something that felt like fear. A million questions and concerns raced through my mind: What if I did get […]

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Serve Beyond Cincinnati Students and Adult Volunteers in Kamengo, Uganda

This was my first Courts for Kids trip and I couldn’t be happier with my experience. Our group arrived in Kamengo, Uganda on December 28th 2016. We were greeted with big smiles, a warm meal, and a traditional dance by some the locals that were a part of the Agnes Zabali Boys and Girls Club. […]

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University of Central Florida ‘Knights Without Borders’ in Tucuesito, Panama

Joy. Exhaustion. Love. Pain. Gratitude. Compassion. Fun. Fear. Lifelong friendships. Adversity. Family. Adventure. Sports. Hard work pays off. Selflessness. Pure genuine happiness. These are just some of the feelings and thoughts that come to mind when I think about my experience with Courts for Kids. I went to Costa Rica in August of 2015 and […]

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Kaiser Permanente Volunteers in Villa Chatito, Peru

Day 1 The warm and kind people of Villa Chatito received the Courts for Kids group this morning with open hearts and arms. They enthusiastically marched us down the main drag, posters in hand – young children, adults, and grandparents alike. Proudly and with unconditional respect they invited our team to lift their flag and […]

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