Seattle Pacific University Women's Basketball Team Feeds and Sponsors Young Dominican Athletes

    Seattle, WA – December 13, 2011 – The Seattle Pacific University women's basketball team packaged 6,550 meals for hungry children in Africa and the Dominican Republic. The women raised $1,500 to help Children of the Nations (COTN), a local non-profit, ship the meals to the children they serve. At the end of the event, four women decided to make long-term commitments to sponsor young athletes in the Dominican Republic through COTN's I Love Baseball program.

    "Oftentimes we take for granted the ability to play the sport we love," reflects Jordan Harazin, an SPU senior who chose to sponsor a baseball player in the Dominican Republic. Training as an athlete in a poor Dominican community is a rare privilege and often children have to choose between school and athletic training. By sponsoring children in COTN's I Love Baseball program, these four students are providing young ballplayers in the Dominican Republic both with high-quality coaching and the opportunity to attend school.

    "Basketball has taught me some of the most important lessons in life," says Jordan. "Not only will sponsoring a child through the I Love Baseball program allow them to play baseball, but hopefully give them the tools to make a difference in their community and become amazing men of God."


    Children of the Nations is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children who transform nations. The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Liberia, providing holistic care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit

    Media Contact:
    Pam Wright, Senior Director of Advancement
    Children of the Nations – USA