Court Stories

Jesuit NOLA Students Experience Community in Puerto Lara, Panama

Back in December of last year, a group of 23 or so guys, myself included, gathered together and decided to select a Courts for Kids project in Panama for our senior service project the following summer, July of 2018. What we initially thought was a wild idea turned into, perhaps, the most exciting and fascinating […]

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No Water, No Problem – Xavier Students In Los Miche, Dominican Republic

‘Water’s Out for the Summer’ by PCV Courtney Nelson This summer my small border community in the Dominican Republic had the pleasure of hosting 16 students and their three chaperones from Xavier High School in Appleton, Wisconsin for a week while we worked to build a basketball court. This group surpassed my expectations in every […]

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Cristo Rey Brooklyn & Dallas Team Up In Caserio Sarajmac, Guatemala

How do I start? Well, first of all, this experience was definitely an unforgettable one. From the kids of the community, to the ladies that fed us everyday, to the cement bags that I couldn’t carry or hold properly and then eventually carried by myself; this experience was truly amazing. This experience really showed me […]

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Jesuit NOLA Students and “Shovelfuls of Service” in Juanilama, Costa Rica

We stayed in a little village called Juanilama, which was the site of a completed court that we helped paint and finish off. It was also a place that we became attached to. Even though the locals spoke an entirely different language, we made friends (shout-out to Jeremy and the gang) and got to know […]

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Jesuit Portland Students’ Adventure in El Guayabo, Dominican Republic

As with all great adventures, the beginning and end of this trip were the memorable bookends for a story worth telling.  As Paul Simon sings in “Still Crazy After All These Years”, our trip began and ended when it was “Four in the morning” and we were “crapped out, yawning”.  Our nine days of service, […]

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Jesuit Portland Students Make Connections in Nuevo Progresso, Guatemala

This summer, the day after school let out, I, along with 18 other students and 2 chaperones from Jesuit High School in Portland, met at the airport at the ungodly hour of 10 pm to begin our journey to Guatemala. Little did we know the impact our impending experience would instill in us forever. Two […]

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Students Work with Monks and Kids in Phum O, Cambodia

Growing up, I was always taught that I was luckier than most people because I had access to food, clean water, new clothes, and the latest technology. We grow up in a culture that teaches us that all of these luxuries will bring us happiness. I assumed this to be true- that I would automatically […]

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K State Athletes Build with the Community of Matayaya, Dominican Republic

If you were to ask me to create a list of words of what I thought my experience in the Dominican Republic would be like prior to going, it might have been something like this: adventure, culture shock, poverty, fulfilling, service, and barriers with the community among other things.  While we tried hard to learn […]

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The Trip of a Lifetime to Porogali, Uganda by University of Oregon Student Athletes

The Trip of a Lifetime by Hannah Blair The trip all began on June 14, as we began our long journey to Uganda. Over a full day of traveling later, we finally reached our destination and were greeted with the most mesmerized children. That first night at the village was something special; it was our […]

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University of Washington Student Athletes Do “The Work” with Peruvians in Santa Isabel

“Asi es la chamba!” was shouted across the wet strips of pavement, usually followed by a smile or a laugh, as student-athletes and Peruvian locals shoveled and poured gravel and sand. “Asi es la chamba,” meaning, “this is the work,” reminded us that through setbacks and frustration, this is what our trip was all about. […]

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