Today is our halfway point through our journey in Nicaragua. Our week here is going extremely fast! We spent a majority of our day out at Hallie’s Place. Hallie’s Place is a large sporting complex where we played “organized” sports with kids from Rey Solomon. In the morning, we had the elementary aged kids out to go through our basketball, American football, and soccer stations. The sports camp turned into a couple of hours of us teaching them American football and them teaching us soccer. We closed out the morning playing a game called “Sprinkle, sprinkle, splash”. This is a much cooler version of “Duck, Duck, Goose” where the kids got to dump water on our teams head. Then our team joined the kids on the bus and we all headed back to Rey Solomon to eat lunch.
We got to spend about two hours at Rey Solomon touring the school, meeting sponsor kids, and seeing the impact the special needs program is making. While we were there we truly got to see the difference this school and the sponsors are having in the lives of kids. A very loose statistic we heard was around 80% of kids wouldn’t make it past the sixth grade without their sponsors and this school. Rey Solomon isn’t merely just another school but it truly is changing the direction and culture of the local Nicaraguan community.
After our eye opening time at Rey Solomon we got back on the bus and headed back to the Hallie’s Place with the older kids for the afternoon sports camp. We played the same three sports with the older age group. However, with the kids being older we were able to have a more competitive and in depth clinic. This didn’t bode well for our pathetic soccer skills. All in all, it was an extremely successful and exhausting day. We can’t wait to see what the rest of this week has in store for us!
By: Tyler Perrott