Long Beach State Athletics is committed to excellence in every aspect of the student-athlete experience. Not only will we be champions in the classroom and on the field, but we too will strive to answer the call from Dr. MLK of, “life's most persistent and urgent question… 'What are you doing for others?'"
As the world continues to shrink, understanding different cultures and expanding the worldview of our student-athletes is a crucial part of their development and preparation for life after college. We are excited to offer our student-athletes the opportunity to travel to Panama and participate in a transformative service trip with the nonprofit organization, Courts for Kids. Student-athletes (team) will be traveling to a rural community an hour outside of Panama City. There, they will be fully immersed in the community, eating and working alongside community members to build a multi-use sport court that will provide a safe space for all members of the community to gather. This experience will position our student-athletes as world citizens who are committed to the betterment of society not only in California and strengthen their appreciation for service and grow as leaders. We need the support of our Long Beach State alumni family and friends to make this experience extraordinary.
May 26, 2018 to June 3, 2018
Fundraising Need: $30,000
This trip is all inclusive. Airfare, airport taxes, baggage fees, food, lodging, in-country transportation, special activities, and materials to complete the construction of the court, including cement, sand, gravel and the hoop systems are all accounted for when you make your tax-deductible contribution. Furthermore, 100% of what you donate will go to this trip.
Please note that while our student-athletes have been asked to contribute $750 each to our fundraising goal, we want to make sure this opportunity is accessible to all our student-athletes no matter what they are able to contribute financially
LBSU Student-Athlete Thoughts:
“The Panama trip is an extension of making Long Beach State Athletics great…it is an opportunity to get a wider worldview and to humble ourselves”- Imani McDonald of the LBSU Women's Soccer Team
“Every time you have the chance to go outside your normal routine and broaden your understanding of the world, you should take it.”- Kyle Alhart of the Men's Water Polo Team
“I’m excited about the opportunity to be immersed in a different culture and help others”- Jordan Sanders of the LBSU Women's Soccer Team