Brown University women's basketball rising senior Melissa Heath, rising sophomores McKenna Dale and Dominique Leonidas, and assistant coach Sara Binkhorst are set to volunteer in Nairobi, Kenya from Friday, May 18 to Saturday, May 26 through the non-profit organization Play BOLD in partnership with Simba Educational Ministries.
During their time in Kenya, the group will assist with sport clinics, classroom education, and infrastructural projects. Over the course of their trip the Bears' student-athletes are set to write a series of blog posts for BrownBears.com.
We are so fortunate to be given an opportunity to take a service trip to Nairobi, Kenya this year. When assistant coach Sara Binkhorst first told our team about this trip, we jumped at the opportunity.
While in Kenya, we will be working with Simba Educational Ministries, assisting with children in the classroom setting and helping with various work projects such as building a community library. Throughout the week we will also spend time at a rescue center as well as visiting local homes to deliver clothes, books, and any other necessities.
None of us has ever had an opportunity like this, and we are beyond excited to make an impact on these children's lives. We all are eager to get to Kenya and start our journey there. We expect that this trip will have a lasting effect on these children as well as all of us!
Please stay tuned over the next week and follow us on our journey through Kenya!
Play BOLD is a non-profit organization dedicated to working in partner with other non-profits to empower communities by mobilizing people and resources on international missions to the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Brown assistant coach Sara Binkhorst serves as the secretary on the organization's Board of Directors.