For starters, I just finished off 2017 with possibly the greatest and most memorable trip of my life. Thanks to Sport Changes Life, I spent 2 weeks in 7 different cities in 5 countries, something I probably will never get a chance to do again.
This trip truly helped me recognize ALL the benefits of being a victory scholar. Going into the program, I knew I would be able to coach and inspire younger kids through sport, continue to play basketball at a competitive level, and receive a great education through a masters program; but, there is even more that I discovered. Sport Changes Life also allows for adventure. We had a small Christmas break from coaching, mentoring, and basketball, which is plenty of time to travel and experience different parts of the world one could dream to see.
I forever will have memories of the gorgeous mountains of Hallstatt, Austria and panoramic views of Prague, Czech Republic. The scenery can never be portrayed through a picture as well as the views in person, and I am so honored to have been able to have that opportunity.
In the end of my trip, I will say Ireland is still my favorite country out of all the places I’ve been to outside of America. The combination of beautiful green hills and mountains with the generous and friendly culture cannot be matched. I am so thankful to be able to live and work in the communities of such a great place for an entire year. I now understand why many people choose to stay in Ireland and never return back to America after Sport Changes Life.