This past Monday, the Trinity Western women’s basketball team left for Paraguay on the program’s first ever overseas missions’ and humanitarian trip.
In partnership with SportAid, the group, which will feature 10 players and eight support staff, will be on the ground in South America from April 28 to May 11.
Spending the majority of their time in the city of Asuncion, pop 500, 000, 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 also hopes to help set up a basketball court at one of the nutrition stations.
The trip will open up the players to a new culture, language and a completely different environment then they are accustomed. For head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul and, director of Sports Aid Graham Roxburgh, their desire is for the trip to be a life transformation experience for the players as the women’s basketball program focuses on developing a Christ-centered team.
“We want to be a program that is based on faith and based on serving others,” says Spartans coach Jean-Paul. “The trip will allow us to step out of our comfort zone and learn what it means to serve, practice faith, and grow deeper as team and as individuals. We’re looking forward to using the skills they have developed in basketball to serve others elsewhere.”
In addition to its missions work, the Paraguayan Basketball Federation has asked the TWU group to help develop and give exposure to the sport of women’s basketball and the country’s national team program. The team will help lead a few basketball clinics as well as have the chance to play Paraguay’s national women’s team.
Please pray for the group’s continued safety while travelling, God’s guidance and for courage as the team experiences growth through adversity and challenges.
To hear updates, stories and stay connected to the team while they are away, visit http://wbbparaguay.tumblr.com/.