PBA Tennis Team's Enjoy Missions Opportunity in Costa Rica
May 29, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- PBA athletics teams have had a tradition of taking part in missions opportunities for many years. However a new tradition may have been born more recently as the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s and women’s visited Costa Rica to spread the word of God through the game of tennis.
A country not known for a rich history of tennis, Costa Rica was the site of one of this year’s trips for PBA athletics. Under the leadership of head coach Chi Ly and Assistant Athletic Director Dwayne Whiteheart, PBA’s teams took part in a variety of activities ranging from tennis clinics to working with children in orphanages. Like many of the other teams sent out from PBA, the student-athletes and coaches worked directly with Go All Missions.
Beyond enjoying a foreign culture, the Sailfish got to take part in a canopy zip-line while testing their strength and adrenaline as they took on some white-water rafting near the country’s rain forest areas.
The trip began for PBA as they left Fort Lauderdale not knowing exactly what to expect. With the help of Whiteheart, a veteran international missions leader, the students prepared for a week of excitement, ministry, and learning.
After arriving, the teams began by teaching at various tennis clinics for the first two days. The Alajuela Tennis Academy as well as a trip to Cartago to assist with a junior program occupied much of the time of the group for the first few days.
Up next came a trip to San Carlos where the PBA players once again played, taught, and interacted with some of the country’s top tennis talent.
After each session, senior Brock Newton and Paul Segodo and assistant coach Amanda Brahim were able to share their own personal testimonies with the group as a way of spreading the gospel. Other sessions included a wrap-up from either Ly or Whiteheart as both veteran college coaches shared with the groups on hand.
Stay tuned to www.pbasailfish.com for more information on ministry opportunities including PBA’s softball trip and their experience in the Dominican Republic.