For the past 20 years, we have have been able to watch basketball players grow both on and off the court. It’s great to see them adjust quickly to a different style of play, bond together as a team, and explore the country of Costa Rica. But, without a doubt, the experience that always ranks as the highlight of the trip is the community service project.
Below are some of the many ways that basketball teams have volunteered during their basketball tour to Costa Rica:
#1: Play games with underprivileged children
#2: Organize some basketball drills with children
#3: Help with in-class art project and activities
#4: Read books to the children
#5: Help prepare food at a children’s soup kitchen
#6: Serve food to kids at the soup kitchen
#7: Paint faces
#8: Donate school supplies or basketball gear
#9: Paint a mural as a beautification project at a community center
#10: Enjoy the children’s smiles and encourage them to stay in school
Basketball teams that come to Costa Rica are making a difference in our community. They come for the competitive and athletic challenge, but they are leaving behind something even more important. They are touching the lives of Costa Rican children by spending a little bit of time during their tour giving back to children with less opportunities. We hope you and your team will get a chance to have some of these experiences too.