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.)