TROY students participate in Costa Rican trip to Central American Games

Posted: Monday, 04 March 2013

TROY – Troy University College of Health and Human Services students will be participating in the Central American Games in Costa Rica as part of a spring break study-abroad trip.

Three athletic training students will provide support to the games, which sets the stage for Central American nations’ Olympic teams, much in the same way the U.S. Nationals contribute to Olympic teams from the United States.

“This is an outstanding way for our students to get real-world experience, as well as share techniques we use in our country that are not in widespread practice in some other parts of the world,” said Dr. Amanda Benson, who chairs the department and will lead the athletic training team.

She and her students will work speed skating, men’s soccer, tae kwon do, fronton (handball), boxing, karate do and wrestling events March 12 – 13 in and near San Jose, Costa Rica.

They won’t be alone on the trip, however, five social work and rehabilitation students, and one sport management student, will also be on the trip.

The Social Work and Rehabilitation team, led by Dr. Denise Green, will present a workshop on the forensic interview of children, and assist in research and data collection at the Joint Social Welfare Institute, a government-run program that partners several organizations aimed at keeping children from poor homes in school.

The Sport Management team, led by faculty member Dr. Anthony Dixon, will focus on the Central American Games’ overall management.

All the students will participate in “cultural immersion” activities – including staying with host Costa Rican families – and visit several national points of interest.

“This is a chance for our students to both do meaningful academic work and gain exposure into life in Central America,” Benson said.

Sponsored by the University’s partner in Costa Rica, the Universidad de Iberoamerica, and partially funded by a Study Abroad Grant supported by faculty in the Social Work, Rehabilitation and Human Service Department, the students will depart on March 7 and return on March 15. All students and faculty received a portion of the grant to offset expenses.

Participating in the trip is:

  • Monica Bates, a junior athletic training major from Wapakoneta, Ohio;
  • Hannah Dunn, a junior athletic training major from Tallassee;
  • Camille Forte, a sophomore athletic training major from Madison;
  • Christina Brown, a junior rehabilitation major from Auburn;
  • Haley Danner, a junior social work major from Ashford;
  • Tandy Harvell, a junior social work major from Troy;
  • JoAnna Hernandez, a senior social work major from Dothan;
  • MaKayla Stone, a junior social work major from Opelika;
  • Stevon Douglas, a senior sport management eTroy student from Pembroke Pines, Fla.