Italy 2019 Update #5

Hard to believe we are almost done with the week. With it being Thursday and following some late nights, the team was very tired going into the camp morning. As we began the basketball portion of the day, one of the coaches shared the day’s sportsmanship thought: Attitude and how attitude impacts not only us but those around us. He even highlighted that we cannot let our situation dictate our attitude. After skill development and 3v3 games, we enjoyed pasta for lunch with the kids. The afternoon portion of the camp was a trip to a local pool, so we decided to go as this would be relaxing but also great to spend more time with the kids. We spent about 2 ½ hours at the pool and had a brief debrief discussing the logistics of Friday in which we were planning to have a festival in the afternoon centered around Canada and the U.S. since Canada Day (July 1) and the 4th of July were coming up. Following the pool, we grabbed gelato at a local gelateria. This gelateria was ranked in the top 30 of all Italy for its creative gelato flavors. After enjoying this tasty gelato, we proceed back home for rest and dinner. For dinner, we enjoyed pasta with panna (whipping cream) and sausages. This dish was one of the coaches favorite meals. We spent dinner discussing various stories and answering questions. Team Time proceeded dinner and the team would get to bed at a pretty decent time.


It’s Friday and the last day of camp. Many of us started to get sad as we knew this was the last day we would get to spend with the kids and possibly never see them again. We decided that camp would be filled with many games and competitions. The sportsmanship thought for the day was love and what it means to love others. We even highlighted the greatest love which comes from God, and that’s Jesus Christ. The kids participated in various defensive, shooting, and dribbling competitions. Following snack, we played a 20-minute game of soccer in which the Italians won 4 – 2. Before lunch, we thanked the kids for an amazing week and gave out our “Christian Character” award to 3 kids who displayed all the characteristics we highlighted throughout the week. During lunch, many of us coaches were signing autographs on kids’ shirts. Following lunch, we started the festival with several games from bean bag toss to water games to slapshot competitions. After games, the parents arrived and heard various songs that their kids learned. The songs were in English so it was great to be able to join them in singing the songs. To conclude the day, we had watermelon and lemonade with the kids and their parents. It was definitely hard to say goodbye to all the kids.  Before heading home, we went to get gelato at another gelateria with a couple of the high school helpers. The gelato was very good. After saying goodbye to them, we rushed home to get showered and dressed as we would meet up with the missionaries from the camp in a nearby town called Brisghella, known for its two towers. We got a chance to go up one of the towers and take pictures. The view was amazing. We would have piadine for dinner along with more gelato. The team headed back and got to bed as we would be traveling to Florence in the morning.

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