April 28, 2014, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – The Trinity Western women’s basketball team leaves today to embark on the program’s first ever overseas missions’ and humanitarian trip, as the Spartans side will participate in a two-week trip to Paraguay from April 28 to May 11.
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In partnership with SportAid, the group, which will feature 10 players and eight support staff, will spend 12 days on the ground in Paraguay. The team will help out in various capacities, including building a house, running basketball clinics and aiding the local staff at nutrition stations for underprivileged children. The group is also hoping to help set up a basketball court at one of the nutrition stations.
“We want to be a program that is based on faith and based on serving others,” said Spartans coach Jean-Paul. “Our team trains hard and works hard and they give everything they have on the court. We’re looking forward to using the skills they have developed in basketball to serve others elsewhere.”
On the court, the team will also have the opportunity to play a number of games against high school and club teams as well as Paraguay’s national women’s team.
Trinity Western has previously sent teams to Paraguay and even further abroad, but this will be the first time the women’s basketball team has embarked on an overseas trip.
“I think this is a sign of a healthy program,” Jean-Paul said. “You’re still focusing on the sport and improving the program and recruiting great players, but there’s an element of the other aspects of what we’re all about. To me, it’s a tangible way of seeing how our program is moving forward.
“I think this trip is going to transform our program and change who we are as a team. It helps you create a vision for where the program is going. I’m talking to incoming athletes and they’re already asking when they will get to go on a trip like this. It’s exciting because these opportunities are now part of what younger athletes are looking forward to when they join our program.”
While the team hasn’t previously gone on an overseas trip, this will be the women’s basketball program’s second humanitarian trip under Jean-Paul’s watch, as the Spartans went on a service trip to New Orleans in 2012.