Court Stories

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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Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School in El Sacramento, Nicaragua

  This year marked the third annual trip for Cristo Rey Brooklyn students through Courts for Kids. This year was an exciting year because we decided to go to a different country, Nicaragua. The student interest was very high but we were only able to take 12 students. Cristo Rey Brooklyn is a very special […]

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St John’s Jesuit students in Bethel, Haiti

  Day 1: Today the SJJ Haiti team embarked on their journey to the island of Hispaniola to construct a court in Bethel, Haiti.  We landed safely in Haiti in the early afternoon and after successfully navigating through customs the group was greeted by a roar from the large crowd outside the airport.  The atmosphere […]

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St. Ignatius High School in Chamwino, Tanzania

Whenever we step outside of our comfort zone it can be difficult, but some experiences truly challenge us more than others.  The community of Chamwino invited us into their community, school, and lives and even though we had some struggles and cultural misunderstandings in the moment, we all came together as one community to accomplish […]

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Jesuit Portland High School in Los Robles, Dominican Republic

“The most difficult part of coming home is culture shock. People always say arriving into an impoverished community will be so different, but they never say anything about leaving.  About how saying goodbye – or not saying goodbye – will break your heart. About how accommodated you are to having little makes going home to […]

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Family trip to Primera Linea, Paraguay

Tranquilo. This popular Paraguayan phrase is both a reassurance and a reminder: Be calm, everything is all good.  Not a message that is always easy to swallow for a group of hard-working, technology-driven, ambitious families that are used to a fast-paced and high-achieving lifestyle.  Throughout our experience, many of us found the message of tranquilo […]

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