Court Stories

‘Cats Across Continents’ Trip to Nicaragua a Life-Changing Experience for K-State Student-Athletes

The cement was dry and a variety of athletic balls waited to be bounced. When given the go-ahead, several Nicaraguan children took full advantage of the multi-purpose court, a community feature they never had before 15 K-State student-athletes helped build one last week. “Literally, these kids were so happy to just play. They were dribbling […]

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Notre Dame Preparatory in El Cacao, Panama

  Have you ever gotten the feeling that you are home when you arrive someplace completely new? That is the way 19 students from Baltimore, Maryland, felt upon arrival in Panama. At the airport, two schoolteachers met and rode with us to El Cacao, where we would be staying for the next seven days.  At […]

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Marquette University High School and St John’s Jesuit High School Collaborate with the People of Paraguay

This summer, Marquette University High School and St John’s Jesuit High School participated with Courts for Kids to collaborate with the people of Paraguay. On the morning of July 28 at 3:00AM, we left the MUHS parking lot for a ten-day journey that would take us 5,000 miles away from our high school. With suit cases […]

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Jesuit High School: from Portland to Panama

“What have I gotten myself into!?” That was my initial thought on my first night in the village of Ipetí in the Embera region of Panama.  After prepping the students, researching the area, getting the proper shots, packing so carefully, and readying my body for the physical work ahead, why would this be my thinking? […]

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Courts for Kids Trip to Nicaragua Provides Unforgettable Experience

When we filtered into a second-floor classroom at the Jaqua Center, 10 weeks before our trip to Central America, we saw a room filled with faces we passed shyly every day.  Football, Acrobatics & Tumbling, Lacrosse, Basketball, Track & Field, and Softball athletes — as well as staff from several branches of the athletic department […]

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University of Washington Athletes in Matambu, Costa Rica

On Monday, May 12th, community members from Matambu, Costa Rica, watched eagerly as student athletes from The University of Washington filed out of two small buses and began unloading their belongings.  What initially caught the eye of the community was all of their fancy clothes and nice shoes- and not for the reason you would […]

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Kent State Athletes in Aguacate, Belize

Our trip to Belize was nothing short of extraordinary. Although there were a lot of things that came up, we all had a blast working with the community members of Aguacate and being welcomed with open arms into their homes. Never in a million years did I expect to be able to come on a […]

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Camas High School Students Welcomed in La Culebra, Nicaragua

The day begins with “Kevin” the rooster attempting to advance himself amongst the hierarchy of Roosterdom by perching high in a tree and crowing for all he’s worth. His crooning commences between 0400 and 0430. Off to the latrine and onto the court in the heat and humidity by 0600. Welcome to La Culebra, Nicaragua. […]

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SW Washington students making an impact in San Vicente Buenabaj, Guatemala

This was my second courts for kids trip and just like the first one I showed up at the airport, but with way more confidence than last time. I was feeling like a veteran. My Spanish had improved, and I thought I knew just what to pack. I ended being completely blindsided by the people […]

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Columbia River High School Working Together in Guadalupe, Costa Rica

In his Republic, Socrates stresses the indispensability of young men and women leaving their towns to experience the world and to see what dwells within it.  Courts for Kids is a fantastic avenue, facilitating the exploration of young individuals, including Columbia River High School students of Vancouver, Washington, to experience cross cultural exchange in a […]

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