Court Stories

Cristo Rey Students Build in Torbellino, Mexico

During my summer experience I went to Torbellino, Mexico to help build a basketball court. I went with seven adults, and twenty-one other students. Eleven students were from Cristo Rey Brooklyn, and ten of them were from our sister school, Cristo Rey Dallas. It was a pleasure getting to know and work with them. In […]

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Portland Jesuit High School Students Build in La Jagua, Dominican Republic

I wish everyone could go on a Courts for Kids trip. I wish everyone would take time off just from their day to day life and put themselves in the position to work with people and not for them. I wish everyone could have the true immersion experience because there really aren’t words that could […]

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Kaiser Permanente, Xavier High School, and Portland Jesuit High School Volunteers in Dominica

My first day in Thibaud involved settling into my living space for the next week.  My living arrangements involved sleeping on army cots, complete with a mosquito net.  I shared the basement of a school with 7 other people, which proved to be quite challenging considering we only had one bathroom.  We lacked hot water, […]

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Student Work and Adventures in Rincon Hondo, Panama

Arriving at the airport was one of the most nerve-racking experiences I have had in recent years. I may be in my early thirties, but when I was in high school, I was pretty confident adults didn’t feel these kinds of nerves? That goes away, right? Nope. The thought of chaperoning 23 high schoolers I […]

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Blue Jays Answer the Call to Serve on Junior Service Trip to Panama

Over the summer, members of the class of 2018 worked hard to complete their Junior Service Projects. The Panama trip this summer was led by faculty chaperones Helen Swan and Charles Bourg. The success of the trip, however, would not have been possible without a year’s worth of planning and preparing on the part of […]

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‘Cats Across Continents’ Trip to Nicaragua a Life-Changing Experience for K-State Student-Athletes

The cement was dry and a variety of athletic balls waited to be bounced. When given the go-ahead, several Nicaraguan children took full advantage of the multi-purpose court, a community feature they never had before 15 K-State student-athletes helped build one last week. “Literally, these kids were so happy to just play. They were dribbling […]

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Notre Dame Preparatory in El Cacao, Panama

  Have you ever gotten the feeling that you are home when you arrive someplace completely new? That is the way 19 students from Baltimore, Maryland, felt upon arrival in Panama. At the airport, two schoolteachers met and rode with us to El Cacao, where we would be staying for the next seven days.  At […]

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Marquette University High School and St John’s Jesuit High School Collaborate with the People of Paraguay

This summer, Marquette University High School and St John’s Jesuit High School participated with Courts for Kids to collaborate with the people of Paraguay. On the morning of July 28 at 3:00AM, we left the MUHS parking lot for a ten-day journey that would take us 5,000 miles away from our high school. With suit cases […]

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Jesuit High School: from Portland to Panama

“What have I gotten myself into!?” That was my initial thought on my first night in the village of Ipetí in the Embera region of Panama.  After prepping the students, researching the area, getting the proper shots, packing so carefully, and readying my body for the physical work ahead, why would this be my thinking? […]

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Courts for Kids Trip to Nicaragua Provides Unforgettable Experience

When we filtered into a second-floor classroom at the Jaqua Center, 10 weeks before our trip to Central America, we saw a room filled with faces we passed shyly every day.  Football, Acrobatics & Tumbling, Lacrosse, Basketball, Track & Field, and Softball athletes — as well as staff from several branches of the athletic department […]

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