Court Stories

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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Jesuit HS New Orleans Volunteers in Daypuru, Panama

Our boat suddenly stopped; I couldn’t understand the Spanish our captain was speaking. “We need to get out of the boat,” the Peace Corps volunteer stated bluntly. “Are you serious?” asked a student. “Yes,” he replied, “and we need to hurry because the tide is going down.” I quickly found myself standing in knee-deep water […]

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Jesuit HS Portland students in El Zapallal, Panama

On June 12, 2016 a group of 22 students and 2 chaperones from Jesuit Portland came to Panama to help build a court in the province of Darien, in the far, wild east of Panama. Our community El Zapallal is predominantly Afro-Panamanian, but is also composed of indigenous Emberas and Latinos of Spanish roots. To […]

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St John’s Jesuit and Jesuit New Orleans in Hato Viejo, Dominican Republic

Last week was one of the most difficult, yet rewarding work weeks I have ever experienced. Last week, my community and I had volunteer visitors from St John’s Jesuit and Jesuit New Orleans through Courts for Kids. My name is Sarah, and I am a Peace Corps Volunteer working in the Dominican Republic. I am […]

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Kansas State Wildcats in Linea Vieja, Costa Rica

One word – transformational! Our recent trip to Linea Vieja in Costa Rica was nothing short of extraordinary. The 20 wildcats from Manhattan, Kansas experienced a week that truly exceeded anything we could have every imagined. Waiting in the airport on day one there was much excitement about what the trip could be.  There were […]

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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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Kamiak High School students in San Gabriel, Costa Rica

A wave of heat slapped 14 Americans in the face as they disembarked from a sleepy five hour bus ride from San José, the capitol of Costa Rica, onto the dusty main road that runs through San Gabriel, a rural community near the Nicaragua border.  The night before at a hotel near the airport and […]

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