Court Stories

Jesuit Portland Students’ Adventure in La Meceta, 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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Portland Jesuit Students Make Connections in 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 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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Long Beach State Athletes Sweat It Out in Valle Rico, Panama

Arriving in Panama, the excitement in everyone’s eyes was showing as soon as we landed in the plane, and it wasn’t just because we finally got to stand after a 7-hour ride. Making our way out of the airport, the heat and humidity slapped us right in the face. It was at that moment we […]

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Notre Dame Cathedral Latin Students Feeling Full in Woodlands, Jamaica

When I went to Jamaica with my school in the last days of May, I didn’t know what to expect. I was mainly focused on getting the work done and becoming closer to God through the experience. However, once I actually got there, surrounded by my classmates, I knew I wouldn’t be able to just […]

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SMU Joined Courts For Kids For An Impactful Trip To Silver Creek, Belize

Written by Travis Chamblee, SMU Athletics Public Relations, Associate Director Mission trips are about leaving a place better than you found it, building relationships, appreciating a different culture and discovering a new perspective. In May, a group of student-athletes and staff did just that while helping the village of Silver Creek in Belize. For some, it was […]

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Marquette University Athletes in Juanilama, Costa Rica

Getting off the airplane and being greeted by Jordyn and Betsy from Courts for Kids, and Brian, Lenisse and Zach from Peace Corps, was the perfect introduction to what the week would entail. The first thing they said to us set the tone for our trip, “Pura Vida.” In other words, “Get ready to go […]

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