Spring Break With A Purpose

Spring Break is coming up soon. The mere sound of the words is pretty pleasant and inviting, as it should be.

I was encouraged by the below story and I thought it would be a great example, some food for thought for you and your programs.

One of the most effective ways to teach leadership and virtue is serving others in need. Experiences become powerful life-changing memories.
Spring Break With A Purpose

A group of Boilermakers is headed to South Africa to work with children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Four Purdue football players will join athletics department chaplain Marty Dittmar and four former Boilermaker students on a spring break trip to South Africa to work with children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.

The group will be working with Bethesda Orphan Outreach in Hammerskraal, South Africa. Bethesda's vision is to help local churches in meeting the needs of orphan children that they may become disciples of Christ. Bethesda is carrying out that vision in South Africa, where nearly one in five people are infected with AIDS. Thousands of parents are dying daily, leaving behind countless numbers of orphan children who are desperately trying to survive.

In addition to conducting a Sports Day, the group is hoping to raise money prior to its trip to install as many as nine solar heaters in the homes of the orphans. None of the homes on the compound currently have hot water.

"I enjoy taking our Purdue student-athletes on trips like this," Dittmar said. "Certainly we go to help people, but I am even more excited by how it changes our student-athletes. They return with a greater appreciation of what God has given them here. I believe it makes them better students, athletes and leaders.

"Our student-athletes have such a wonderful impact in the lives of these special kids. The young people there are looking forward to the return of the Boilermakers."

The football players scheduled to make the trip from March 11 to 20 are Rob Henry, Kurt Lichtenberg, Caleb TerBush and Crosby Wright. They will be joined by former Boilermakers Nick Bertucci (wrestling), Lance Moe (track and field), P. J. Rose (tennis, current graduate assistant in compliance office) and Shane Summers (football), along Jordan Wallpe, who is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

Coach Kent Wright of Lebanon HS with some of his football players in Haiti last year.  A life-changing experience.