A group of CDA Flower Mound athletes, coaches, and parents traveled to Egypt this summer to share the gospel and serve those in need. Coach Jackie Manack, varsity girls' basketball coach, said the group went on this trip to help build community relationships through sports camps with local organizations. "Our primary reason for going was to put on a basketball camp for the Sudanese Refugees." The group started the trip In Cairo Egypt and ended in Sharm El Sheikh.
In the first half of the trip they ran a basketball camp for the Sudanese Refugees who are currently in Cairo, Egypt after having fled Sudan. They had three days with the kids and were able to love on them, share their love for basketball, and share the gospel. They also spent a day on a visit to an orphanage in Cairo and painted with the kids (and let the kids paint on them), and played a “friendly match” against local Egyptian Academy teams.
While in Cairo they visited historical markets, made pottery, visited the National Egyptian Museum, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Nile River. Finally, they flew to Sharm El Sheikh and stayed on the Red Sea for the last 3 days of the trip. The first evening they were picked up at 9pm, drove three hours and started hiking Mt Sinai at 1am, and made it the summit around 4:30am. They watched the sunrise and had a devotional as a team on top of Mt Sinai. The following day they went snorkeling on the Red Sea and had their last night and team debrief where they shared encouragements from the trip.
Coach Manack added, "During this trip we saw the freedoms we have here in the United States that are not afforded to all people, and there were many instances we had to use our "safe word" to not talk about God. There were only a handful of places where we were safe to speak freely about our faith. It was an incredible experience and we made so many memories and couldn’t have asked for a better group of people with whom to do it! The student athletes on our trip received so many compliments on the character they displayed, they never complained, and jumped right in to all of the hard situations. We are incredibly proud of who they are and the impact the are making and will continue to make for the sake of the gospel."
Student basketball players who went on the trip include Lily Patterson, Hannah Newton, Campbell Skelly, Claire Kavalich, Anna Beckey, Kate Schmitz, Jordyn Juergens, Selah Johnson, Emily Revering, Avery Juergens, Addison Joy, Josh Hamm (alumni), Garret Reid, Jack Hamm, Luke Manack and Luke Patterson.
They were accompanied by Coach Jackie Manack and Coach Brown, as well as parents Trevor Joy, Jenni Hamm, Susie and Jim Juergens, Natalie and Josh Patterson, and Jasien Swords.