Week long mission trip in Haiti inspires Westfield football team

(Provided Photo/Westfield Football team)

WESTFIELD, Ind. (WISH) – The Westfield football team took the trip of a lifetime this summer.

Eight football players, along with their parents and Westfield head football coach Jake Gilbert, traveled down to Haiti for a week long mission trip. They did everything from fix roads to paint an orphanage to putting on a punt, pass and kick competition for local youth.

“It was very nerve-wracking,” said Zack Rader, senior corner back. “I didn’t know what to expect because I had never been out of the country. After the first day, I felt very welcome.”

“The people of Haiti are amazing, but the conditions are astonishing,” said Coach Gilbert. “They needed us, but we have a lot we can learn from them.”

Part of that learning experience included perspective.

“A lot of times, I’ll take things for granted,” said Rader. “But after going down there, I know I have to work hard for everything I’ve got and take nothing for granted.”

“Everybody’s just working so hard for the scraps that we would have here in America,” said Gilbert. “Certainly makes you grateful for what you have.”


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