NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — College basketball teams are allowed to take trips to foreign countries together once every four years.
Those trips usually include sightseeing and exhibition games, but last month the Lipscomb men’s team took a trip that had nothing to do with basketball.
“I felt like it was time to do something like this. I didn’t know what it looked like, where we would go. Taking a mission trip was a possibility, but it wasn’t what we were planning on initially. To stand here now, to see how things evolved and the way things turned out is pretty remarkable,” said Coach Casey Alexander.
He decided his team would spend seven days in a small village in the Dominican Republic.
The residents there are familiar with Lipscomb University athletes. The women’s hoops team built a basketball court a few years back, the men held a clinic for those kids on that same exact court, and in seven days added a brand new playground.
“I spent a lot of time in observation and reflection and watching these guys come to life. Watching their unique gifts play out individually. See them in a different light than I ever have or would, that was a thrilling experience and easily one of the beneficial and impactful parts of the trip for me personally,” said Coach Alexander.
While they left the community a better place, the team feels they got more out of the trip than they left behind.
Some of the players kept a blog during their trip. You can read it here.