In June, Mount St. Joseph University students, accompanied by Sport Management professors Dr. Cindy Veraldo and Dan Yost, traveled to the Dominican Republic for a two-part travel study.
For the first part of their journey, the group engaged in service learning at the Mariposa DR Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is “to educate and empower girls to create sustainable solutions to end generational poverty.”
Located in the Dominican town of Cabarete, the center focuses on educating poor, impoverished girls from the Republic and the neighboring country of Haiti. Through education on health and wellness, life skills, and sports, these girls learn to develop and build self-esteem. The faculty and students spent four days working with the girls at the center.
After leaving the center, the second half of the students’ travel experience focused on learning about sport on an international level. During their trip, they visited the International Headquarters for Major League Baseball and engaged with players at the Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy. Students also learned about elite athletic preparation at the Olympic training center for Dominican athletes, and later, they met the Director of the National Surfing Federation of the Dominican Republic who informed them about surfing on the island.
The service learning and sport trip to the Dominican Republic was the first of many that Mount St. Joseph University students will have the opportunity to experience.
Written with contributions by Dr. Cindy Veraldo.