THE APARTMENTS – Jackets Without Borders, Georgia Tech’s award-winning international athletics service program, departed Sunday for its first trip in three years, as 16 student-athletes and four staff members traveled to Villa del Rio, Puerto Rico. , to continue post-hurricane rehabilitation efforts. storms that devastated the island in 2017.
Founded in 2017, this year’s Jackets Without Borders trip is the fourth overall and the first since 2019, when the program was suspended for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This will be JWOB’s third trip to Villa del Rio, as the community continues to rebuild after the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Prior to the trips to Villa del Rio, Jackets Without Borders’ initial project had place in Cartago, Costa Rica. in 2017, where Georgia Tech student-athletes and staff helped build a multipurpose sports field for a K-12 school.
In 2019, Jackets Without Borders received the Atlantic Coast Conference’s prestigious Game Changers Award as the ACC’s Best Service Initiative of the Year.
This year’s Jackets Without Borders trip is the first to be fully funded without operational funds from the Georgia Tech Department of Athletics, as funds for the $40,000 trip were raised entirely by participating student-athletes, teams and generous donors.
The 16 student-athletes who made the trip to Puerto Rico for the fourth Vestes Sans Frontières trip are: LaMiles Brooks (Soccer), Avyonce Carter (women’s basketball), Carmyn Harrison (women’s basketball), Colin Hemingway (Soccer), Jaylon King (Soccer), ryan king (Soccer), Rebecca Lieber (mind), Eylia Love (women’s basketball), Michael Maye (Soccer), Will Milam (Soccer), Luke Mosley (Soccer), Bubba Parham (men’s basketball), Lucas Rary (mind), Myles Sims (Soccer), Hunt Sippola (soccer) and Calyn Silver (mind). Georgia Tech athletics members include Reid Ferrin (head of the Total Person program), Will Glover (Soccer), Rachel Matthews (sports medicine) and Brett Hrouda (Legends).
Georgia Tech’s contingent will be in Puerto Rico for seven days and return to Atlanta on Saturday, May 14.
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