Tenerife, Spain June 22, 2015 | Day 4

Today was the first day of our clinics in the southern part of the island.  Ready and prepared, the team set out to two different locations after a filling breakfast.  Excited and full of energy, both of the morning clinics went well.  Sportsmanship thoughts, stations, all-camp demos, and scrimmages were all part of the morning clinics.  Twenty-two kids arrived for the Los Cardones clinic and 39 were in attendance at the Galeon clinic.  Each location presented an unexpected challenge. In the Galeon clinic, the team had use of only 5 of the 8 baskets (2/3 of the gym) and at the end of the clinic, the Los Cardones clinic was cancelled for the rest of the week.  The exact reason for closing of the clinic was hard to determine but this will allow the entire PTR team to be present for the Galeon clinic and will increase the personalization for each kid who attends.  Both clinics allowed for great opportunities to connect with the kids, share with them the love of Christ, and help them develop their basketball talents.  Following the conclusion of the clinics, the team headed back to home base for another fantastic meal, a team time that included meaningful praise and worship sung in both English and Spanish, powerful testimonies of God’s grace in there lives of two of the American players, and a chance to prepare for the rest of the day’s activities.  It was then back to the Galeon gym for the afternoon clinic.  Knowing that the majority of the kids would be returnees from the morning clinic, the team was able to provide meaningful game time for the kids.  Upon completion of the game time, it was off to the Los Torres gym in the town of Adeje for the women’s game that had Push the Rock taking on the home Adeje team.  Utilizing team members who traveled with the team from the Lehigh valley, tonight’s squad was a combination of a variety of other PTR ladies to field a very competitive team.  Two of these are two young ladies from this region of Adeje who have accepted Christ since PTR was here last year, excitedly played for Push the Rock.  A very important evening for them as they visibly demonstrated their following of Christ by choosing to play for PTR instead of their team.  Added to the team were a missionary form the mainland and college student studying abroad to earn credits for her degree.  Nine in total, it was the largest PTR women’s team in a few years.  Once the game started, the PTR team took an early lead and never looked back. At half time, the city councilman responsible for sports in Adeje, stopped by to see some of the game, pose for a photo, and to thank PTR for being in Adeje.   With a final score of 63-38, the PTR team won their first game of the trip.  During the game, the PTR team made adjustments to their play in order to continue to be a good testimony to their opponents.  Following the game, both teams posed for a group picture and an opportunity was given for PTR to share words of encouragement to the opponents.  Once back at home base after the game, the team enjoyed a wonderful meal, a little team bonding, and then  headed off to bed.  Silently, they rest as tomorrow will bring a new day and more opportunities to serve Him.

For the team,

Coach Brendan

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