Dominican Republic

University of Nebraska Cornhuskers in Las Pajas, Dominican Republic

In the afternoon of Sunday, May 8th, a group of student-athletes from the University of Nebraska landed in the Dominican Republic for a week of work and cultural exchange.  We started our trip in the Santo Domingo where the evening was spent exploring the Colonial Zone, eating dinner in the first tavern of the New […]

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Columbia River High School volunteers in Arroyo Grande, Dominican Republic

It was a first for Courts for Kids. After months of planning and preparation with the Dominican community (including a huge fundraising effort with the Peace Corps Volunteer in site), the local government told us we wouldn’t be able to build a court on the land…and just two weeks before the group was scheduled to […]

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University of Cincinnati Bearcats in Hicaco Blanco, Dominican Republic

2015 in the Dominican Republic started and ended with the Bearcats! Right after New Years, University of Cincinnati students completed the first Courts for Kids project of the year. Then, 11 months later, right before Christmas, another group of Bearcats completed the last court of 2015! On Sunday, December 13th, 15 students from the University […]

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Jesuit HS Portland students in Batey Altagracia, Dominican Republic

Although I’ve been home for days my mind is still living in Batey Altagracia. Every morning I walk down my street in Oregon but if I close my eyes for one moment I’m transported back to the Dominican Republic. The paved roads turn into dirt, the impressive houses turn into tiny ones, and the preoccupied […]

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Cristo Rey Brooklyn Students in Los Cerezos, Dominican Republic

On July 3rd, 2015 a group of 12 students and 3 chaperones from Cristo Rey Brooklyn traveled to the Dominican Republic to build a basketball/volleyball court. However, our experience and hard work began several months before.  By December of 2014, the team of student participants had been chosen and they began the work of preparing […]

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U of Oregon Student Athletes in The DR

Every court project in the Dominican Republic comes with its fair share of challenges.  With volunteer groups coming from U.S., “a world that moves at a mile a minute,” (Juwann Williams) it’s often an adjustment to get used to Dominican culture, especially the concept of time. Life just doesn’t move as quickly down here and […]

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SW Washington High School Students in the DR

Reflection by John Hunt – parent, chaperone and CFK participant When my daughter asked me to be a chaperone on her trip to the Dominican Republic for Courts for Kids, I had to say yes. After all, to share such an experience with her would be well worth the time and money, and if she […]

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1st Court of 2015! University of Cincinnati Bearcats in the Dominican Republic

On New Year’s Day, a group of 13 students from the University of Cincinnati landed in the Dominican Republic ready to start their Courts for Kids DR experience. After a two hour bus ride taking in a variety of new sights – from the clear blue water of the Caribbean sea to four people riding on a single […]

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Cristo Rey Brooklyn students to the DR

The excitement of our group, from Cristo Rey Brooklyn, was palpable when we arrived in the Santo Domingo airport on the afternoon of July 5th. We had spent several months fundraising intensively and preparing to help a small campo town build a basketball court, and the moment had finally arrived. We were met at the […]

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Jesuit HS Portland students to the DR

Before arriving in in the south of the Dominican Republic in a small town called Pescaderia, the members of our group, made up of 19 students from Jesuit-Portland, and Emily and Dan, knew we were in for one of the most challenging experiences of our lives. During our information sessions, we had heard that the […]

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