Court Stories

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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FCA Portland Volunteers in Curti, Panama

I have had opportunities to serve throughout my life in many different capacities. Child care at church, volunteering at different events, a mission trip to Nigeria, and many other ways.  Each opportunity provides unique differences in how we serve.  However, it is the element of each opportunity that is the same that continues to fuel […]

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Triangle Volleyball Club in Guayajayuco, Dominican Republic

Before I went on the Courts for Kids journey to Guayajayuco, Dominican Republic, I spent numerous hours visualizing how the trip would be. I imagined the people, the community, and the scenery. No matter how much I let my imagination take control, I never grasped the true reality of the trip. When I set foot […]

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Open Trip to Caray, Peru

I came into this trip repeating to myself: it is what you make of it. With trips as unpredictable as these, it is inevitable that there will be bumps in the road. There will be unexpected challenges, and you will feel uncomfortable at times. And I knew this because not only was this my third […]

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Central Catholic HS in Los Guineos, Dominican Republic

  After 16+ hours of travel from Portland, a group of 18 Central Catholic students and 3 chaperones arrived in the Dominican Republic early in the morning of July 24th.  We stopped at a hotel near the airport to catch a few hours of sleep before heading off to our final, court building destination – […]

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Jesuit HS New Orleans in Fila Tigre, Costa Rica

The drive to Fila Tigre took longer than expected. A bus with the Courts For kids staff picked up the Jesuit NOLA group at the airport around noon, and headed “straight” from the airport to the town of Fila Tigre, which ended up being about 12 hours, with stops for food and rest rooms along […]

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