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Reporting from Uganda

August 13th, 2015
Westmont Women's Basketball traveling in Uganda

By Karlie Storkson

Day three and four in Uganda have been as much of a whirlwind as the first two. We began day three doing morning devotions with all of the Sports Outreach Institute (SOI) staff before they headed off to their different projects. We really enjoyed the engaging time of fellowship and were able to hear about God from people with different cultural lenses.

After, we were able to head to Nateete to visit with children in the school there that is run by SOI. Lauren McCoy shared her testimony with the older kids and I (Karlie) shared the story of Jonah and the whale with some excellent actors helping me out. The kids then performed a traditional Ugandan dance for us. We then headed back to the hotel for lunch and to rest before our basketball game against the Ugandan National Team.

Our game was supposed to start at 4:00 p.m., but we got in a traffic jam (typical for Uganda) and we didn’t arrive at Lugogo Arena until 10 minutes after tip-off was supposed to be. But since this is Africa and we are on Africa time (which means everything is chill and or late) it was fine and we played the match. We ended up losing but it was a hard fought match. We went out to pizza dinner with the national team after and enjoyed hanging out and talking with them. We went to bed as soon as we got back to the hotel to rest up because we were going to play the same team again the next day.

A Win and a Word in Kampala

August 11th, 2015
Basketball Clinic at the Kawempe slum project in Kampala.

Westmont Women’s Basketball found the going a bit easier today, both on the roads and on the court. After spending their morning putting on a basketball clinic in the Kawempe slum project, Westmont met the Ugandan National Team for another game. This time, the Warriors defeated the Gazelles 63-48.

“This morning our team set up stations for the kids to so learn basketball skills,” reported Moore via a text message. “After the clinic, they had a chance to share with the kids in small groups.”

Once the clinics were over, the team headed back to Lugogo Indoor Stadium for a rematch with the Gazelles.

“The team did a great job applying what we learned from yesterday’s loss so that we could achieve a different result tonight,” said Moore. “Krissy Karr was amazing. The crowd was oohing and awing every time she made another three or an amazing shot.

Warriors Jammed Up in Kampala

August 10th, 2015
The Uganda National Team and Westmont Women's Basketball Team pose for a photo after the game.

Westmont saw its first day of international competition on Monday as the Warriors took on the Gazelles of the Uganda National Women’s Basketball Team in a game that almost wasn’t.

The day began with the Westmont team traveling with their hosts, Sports Outreach Institute, into one of the slums of Kampala to reach out to kids.

“We split up into a couple of groups and shared stories with the kids,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “My group got creative and acted out the story of Jonah. The kids showed us some dances that they all have been learning. ”

After a day of service and caring for kids, the team said good bye and headed off to the Lugogo Indoor Stadium for the evening’s game. That’s when the adventure took a wrong turn – or at least a very slow one.

A Sunday in Kampala for Women’s Basketball

August 9th, 2015
Westmont Women's Basketball at Sport Outreach International's Kampala Ministry Center standing on a basketball court that is under construction.

Sunday morning in Kampala brought Westmont Women’s Basketball team more opportunities to connect with the people of Uganda, and a chance to prepare for tomorrow’s game against the Ugandan National Team.

“This morning, we stood on the new basketball court being built by Sports Outreach International’s (SOI) Kampala Ministry Center and heard Robert Katende speak about their vision to house, educate and disciple kids from the slums out at this new site,” reported Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore.

Katende is known for starting a chess club for youth in Kampala; offering a bowl of porridge to any child who would show up and learn. One of those who did was Phiona Mutesi, a teenager from the Katwe slum. Under Katende’s guidance, Mutesi eventually became the Ugandan national chess champion and has represented Uganda at international tournaments. Her story has been told in “The Queen of Katwe” by Tim Crothers, and is the subject of a Disney film by the same name to be released next year.

While Mutesi story has garnered international attention, she represents just one of thousands of youth from the slums of Kampala and elsewhere that have been touched through the SOI ministries.

Warriors Introduce Dribbling to Kampala Youth

August 8th, 2015

“Most of these kids have never touched a basketball before,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore in a text message from Uganda, “but they have seen it on TV so they were excited to try it.”

Moore and the Westmont Women’s Basketball team are in Uganda for a 12-day mission trip, which includes outreach in Kampala and Gulu as well as playing against the Ugandan Women’s Basketball national team.

“We all arrived safely and already are working hard to share our joy of basketball and God,” said Moore. “This morning we did a basketball clinic with some of the children in the Bwaise project. They loved the dribbling games even on uneven dirt.”

Beyond the Court: Warriors Headed to Africa

August 5th, 2015

By Kaci Mexico

On Thursday, August 7 at 5:00 a.m. the Westmont Women’s Basketball team will be heading down to the Los Angeles International Airport to embark upon a highly anticipated mission trip to Uganda. For the next 12 days the women’s team will be working alongside the Sports Outreach Institute in Kampala and Gulu to minister to, serve, love, and play basketball with the people there.

The realization of this trip is the product of months of meticulous planning, relentless fundraising, countless meetings and persistent prayer.

“I am mostly just proud of our players for making this happen,” explains Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “It was their initiative from the beginning. It was their idea. When they came to me with the idea I said that’s awesome and I fully support it, but you guys have to make it happen… and they have.”

Two senior leaders on the team, Karlie Storkson and Lauren Sende, recalled the moment they realized that this trip was something that they wanted their team to experience. Sende explained, “We just kind of looked at each other and said, why don’t we just go? The soccer women had gone and we thought why can’t basketball women go?” (The women’s soccer team has gone on a mission trip through the Sports Outreach Institute every three years since 2006.)