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Thomas More Soccer Teams Travel to Costa Rica and Work with Youth

The Thomas More College men's and women's soccer team returned last week from a trip to Costa Rica.

The teams spent two weeks in the Central American nation where, in addition to playing soccer, they donated soccer equipment to underprivileged youth and hosted on-field clinics for young players.

60 percent of the TMC players had never traveled outside the U.S. before.

Men’s head coach Eric Busener said many students came home with a deeper appreciation for how other cultures function, as well as gratitude for the opportunities they have at home in the United States.

The teams visited three cities in Costa Rica: San Jose, the capital,  LaFortuna, a city deep in the Central American rainforest, and Ocotal, a coastal city.

The NCAA allows college programs to go on an international trip every three years. This trip has become a tradition for the Saints and is the fourth trip for the men’s and women’s soccer teams since 2008.

In addition to the social service component of their journey, the Saints also spent time together as teams. They participated in rafting and snorkeling excursions and attended a professional soccer game.

Both teams will play their first regular-season games Sept. 1.

-Staff report

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