Time has flown since the end of your Sports Service Adventure program. I’m sure you are all busy and back to your routines at home, so I wanted to take a minute to recollect some of the awesome experiences that we had. If only we could do this over a delicious meal of chicken, rice and beans. But maybe you’ve all had your fill of La Bandera for a while.
When you think back to your program, I hope you remember all the challenging work you put into constructing and painting the rebound wall and backboard in Caño Dulce as well as our time spent surfing and enjoying the Dominican sun. Each time I return to Caño Dulce and see the final product, it makes me so happy to think about the effort that you all put into your project. You demonstrated teamwork, shared tasks and made it so easy for Mike to capture for amazing moments for GLA. I loved watching you interact with the locals of Caño Dulce and inviting them to swim with us at the beach in Las Canas. One of my favorite moments of this program was the impromptu day of service you all asked for to finish painting and say your goodbyes in Caño Dulce; it showed how big your hearts are. You completely surpassed our expectations, and I hope you are proud of the project you helped finish that contributes to more healthy and active lifestyles for the youth in Caño Dulce.
Along with the service work, we had many experiences during your two weeks in the Dominican Republic. From the early mornings of surfing at sunrise to our nights spent gazing at the stars on the beach after our evening discussions. There was never a dull moment listening to your guardian angels at night that were sometimes just full of inside jokes. I hope you are all still sporting your Hawaiian shirts loud and proud and think of each other when you wear them. When I think of your group, I think of such an awesome group of friends. We shared some sentimental moments and some clumsy moments, too–like my back smack off the snorkel boat, a tumble out of the hammock and our dizzy bat extraordinaires. We played some intense games of volleyball at Dudu and an awesome game of pick up baseball in Las Canas.
Thanks for making our time together so special for the Sports Service Adventure staff. Whether it was stargazing or sitting on our little bus driving along the Dominican countryside, you made it memorable for us here at 7Elements. Colin, Walner and I had a wonderful and action-packed summer. We hope that you stay in touch with us and consider returning to the DR for more adventures!
-Alex and the SSA Team