In 2011, I partnered with SportQuest Sports Ministry on a mission trip to Ireland. I helped teach and coach basketball to boys and girls ages five to 20, and led media training for high school and college athletes. The kids were precious. Each day, they arrived at the gym early and stayed long after their parents were ready to go! They loved playing knockout as a drill to work on shooting skills and I loved watching their confidence grow. The most exciting part for me (after my daily hugs from the kids) was watching them excel and genuinely love the game. The kids also brought me yummy Irish chocolates and candies, so I didn’t make them run too much. Away from the gym, I enjoyed the breathtaking beauty of Ireland while horseback riding and hiking the Cliffs of Moher. There’s a warning sign forbidding tourists from climbing over the fence to get closer to the edge of the cliffs…but I apparently missed that sign when I climbed over the fence to do a headstand.



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