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 times that we had. If only we could do this over a delicious meal of chicken, rice and beans. But maybe you’ve had your fill of La Bandera for a while. We could have limoncillos instead!
When you think back to your program, I hope you remember all the challenging work you put into the rebound wall for the basketball court and fun time we spent on the beach 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. It was awesome to watch the way your group worked together with strong leadership and some of the best bottle sorting I’ve seen. Whether it was basketball under the cabana with a trash can as a hoop or playing on the court during breaks, we loved watching you interact with the youth of the community. You completely surpassed our expectations, and now the youth of Caño Dulce have a beautiful court to play basketball on that contributes to healthy and active lifestyles.
Along with the service aspect, we had many memorable experiences during those two weeks in the Dominican Republic. From the early mornings of surfing at sunrise to fitting in a couple quick card games before breakfast. We celebrated birthdays with snacks and bonfires and some of you went home with beautiful cornrows and braids, courtesy of an employee at the lodge. I give you guys the win for how much you loved your snacks and grocery store runs. Did anyone keep a count of how many Clif Bars and Fanta were consumed during this trip? It seems like yesterday that Ethan “took a lap” around the lodge and belly flopped right into the pool. We showed our skills during our baseball game in Las Canas as some of you hit some real dingers. You resembled a family, which made our experience that much more meaningful.
Thanks for making our time together so special for the Sports Service Adventure staff, whether it was getting our hands dirty in Caño Dulce or traveling to and from our destinations on the bus along the beautiful Dominican countryside. Colin, Walner and I had an unforgettable summer. We hope that you stay in touch with us and consider returning to the DR for more adventures!
-Alex and the SSA Staff