SVSU Student-Athletes Taking Part in Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

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UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Three Saginaw Valley State University student-athletes will be traveling to Guaymate, Dominican Republic to participate in a mission trip.  

Through Hopevale Church and Team Hope, Inc., Grace Whelan (Women's Basketball), Amanda Kimes (Softball) and Lindsey Johnson (Men's Basketball) will be lending a helping hand in a four day all-sports type camp for the students of Colegio Bautista Luz in grades 4-8.  The camp will feature instruction and direction in basketball, football, volleyball and general physical education.  There will be over 300 students attending this camp.  The group leaves for the trip on Friday, July 11th.

SVSU Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Events Matt Oberlin will be accompanying the student-athletes on the trip to the Dominican Republic.  Oberlin and the current Cardinal student-athletes going on the trip weighed-in on the upcoming opportunity:

"An opportunity like this comes once in a lifetime.  The chance to serve Christ through one of your passions is a great feeling.  The student-athletes and I have worked very hard, through Hopevale Church, to help plan this trip; it will be great to see it come to fruition!" - Matt Oberlin

"I am excited to be with the kids, teach them sports and show them Christ's love.  It will be an incredible experience for me personally and I am looking forward to see how God will use me down there!" - Grace Whelan

"I  am extremely grateful for the opportunity to bring Jesus to the children of Guaymate, Dominican Republic through the various sports camps we will be putting on! God has opened so many doors in my life via sports and I'm blessed He is opening this one to share the gospel! I pray that we can have a positive impact on these kids' lives for both Christ and for sports!"- Amanda Kimes

"The Bible tells us to 'love above all else'(1 Peter 4:8). I love basketball, I love Jesus and I love people. This trip is an awesome opportunity to bring all three of these loves together, break away from normality and have an eternal impact in the process. I'm extremely excited!"- Lindsey Johnson

Stay tuned to for information and pictures from the trip to the Dominican Republic.