The last few days before taking off and starting our incredible journey to Zimbabwe are very exciting for the kids, but very stressful for the chaperones. Going into this trip I feel many different emotions. I am so grateful that my school organizes a trip to go to this amazing place. I’m excited to meet and make new friends, learn about different cultures, and help people. Although I’m writing this blog, I thought you might want to get an idea of what some of the other people on the trip are thinking.
I interviewed a few kids on the trip and asked them what their hopes and expectations were for the trip, and here were some of their responses.
Greer: “I hope that we will be able to hear everyone’s experiences with the group and how they got into the group, and expect to have a great time.”
Emma: “I am hoping to come away from this trip with a sense of unity with the rest of our trip and gratitude for what I have that I do easily take so easily for granted.”
Carina: “My expectations are that I will have an amazing time and will realize how different the life could be, but also how much life can change through sports”
John: “I think it’s going to be really fun and I’m most excited to help out at Hoops4Hope”
Pearl: “[I] Really looking forward to seeing the biome and animals (I’ve always wanted to see Africa, the land itself seems just amazing) [I] Would love to meet a pangolin, as I’ve heard so much about them. I’m terrible with kids, looking forward to seeing how I handle this. [I] Would love to get to know everyone we’re going with. [I want to] try all the food.”
Sofia: “I hope to become closer with all of the Ross team, as well as make lifelong friendships with the kids and people in Zimbabwe.”
Ben: “My hopes and expectations for the trip, is to make lifelong friends that I know i have made an impact on. I also expect to have my viewpoints altered, and understand how lucky we really are.”
Jenna: “My hopes for the trip is that I branch out and meet new friends and create lifelong memories. My expectations for the trip is for it to be hard but very rewarding and having the best time!!!”
In preparation to the trip on our last Zimbabwe parents meeting in the High School Library Mark Crandall came and we watched the Zimbabwe Hoops4Hope movie. The film goes through a day by day of what the program is like. It also follows the growth of basketball in Africa. It is shot in many different perspectives following different people who make or made H4H possible. The film also explains how H4H and basketball saved many kids and took them off the street out of danger. Many H4H alumni continue to dedicate their life to helping and making the program better, some even made it to the NBA. This movie was so powerful and it made me want to be a part of this incredible cause, and do whatever I can to help.
Our last activity as a group before leaving was packing night. We were downstairs in Gandhi Hall. This is where everyone brought in extra suitcases and we packed up all the clothes and basketball equipment we got from our fundraising projects. Special thanks to Set Point Tennis where I used to work for donating lots of clothes.
-Ally F. Class of 2020
A note from the trip leaders:
We are very excited for this journey. The students have banned together and raised over $7500 for Hoops4Hopes and collected 24 suitcases worth of supplies, balls, uniforms, art supplies, sneakers, etc. We will arrive with heavy bags and light hearts. We are ready to dive into the spirit if “Ubuntu”: I am because we are.
Next stop, Harare, Zimbabwe!