Lady Trojans Serve Jamaica, Orphans
Thursday, August 25, 2011
by Jordan Argo
HANNIBAL, Mo. - As the fall semester begins and student-athletes grind through grueling two-a-days, the women’s soccer team at Hannibal-LaGrange University does so with smiles on every face. After traveling to Jamaica and witnessing the lifestyle of orphans, the ladies no longer consider practices as rough as they once thought.
“Working with the orphans was such an incredible joy,” said team co-captain Katelyn Fray. “They have such fervor for life and they have so little. It really puts life into perspective. These kids play soccer with no shoes on, but yet they still have smiles on their faces. These kids have dreams and aspirations just like us and they know that life is hard, but it doesn't stop them from having those dreams. To leave them almost broke my heart.”
The Lady Trojans traveled to Jamaica for a week in early August to help serve orphans through soccer. The service was provided through Global Soccer Ministries which helps sponsor ministries in Jamaica and Guatemala.
"This pre-season trip was a great cross-cultural experience for everyone,” stated Head Coach Jason Nichols. “I'm confident it was an experience that impacted many lives, including our own. We spent time at an orphanage where the team was able to use soccer to build relationships and bring smiles to the faces of children who, many of which are in desperate circumstances. We're grateful for Global Soccer Ministries and all they did to make this trip possible."
Many of the players who made the trek to Jamaica have had their lives deeply impacted by the orphans they ministered.
“It definitely brought people together on a deeper level and united us,” commented co-captain Kate Rogles. “It made me look at life differently. Their lifestyle opened my eyes and seeing how much they don't have but how happy they are with life is very encouraging. I think giving up time and getting to be with them let us get our eyes off of ourselves and helped us focus on what is important in life. Showing and actually living out God's love is what we need to do. After this trip, it is something I know we have all tried to do more. It was a great opportunity to get to go and I am so thankful God provided the support and money for this mission trip.”
With the Lady Trojans regular season fast approaching, there is no doubt that the time spent with the orphans of Jamaica will be in the back of every athlete’s mind throughout the entire year.
Founded in 1858, Hannibal-LaGrange University is a four-year liberal arts college fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and prides itself in its traditional and nontraditional educational experience in a distinctively Christian environment. For more information about HLGU or its athletics programs, please visit hlg.edu.
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