05/23/2011 – Head Women's Basketball coach Linda Nash recently returned from a nine day trip in Haiti. Nash, who has taken an active role in the Aquinas College service learning trips, has visited Haiti three times, this being her first return since the devastating earthquake hit the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere in January 2010. Nash was the co-leader with Eric Bridge, service learning coordinator. The group consisted of ten Aquinas students and the itinerary was booked full of life changing experiences in the Caribbean nation. The group spent two nights in Borel, Haiti where the college sponsors a local school. Other highlights were visiting several orphanages and helping feed and provide human contact to babies and children. The group also put together 20 PET (personal energy transportation) kits, to allow amputees to maneuver with upper body pedaling mechanisms. The group also was able to join in the countries festivities as they celebrated flag day, a national holiday. The group also visited the home for the sick and dying where they massaged the folks with lotion and connected in a very special way.
Coach Nash comments, "I am always blown away by the resilience of the Haitian people. Their hospitality is second to none and despite their unimaginably tough living situations, I have learned so much about contentment and joy with the simple things in life. We had a great team from Aquinas College and we grew very close through the experiences we shared. There was plenty of debriefing at the end of the day to try to process what we shared together. We partnered with a group called "Rays of Hope for Haiti" out of Grand Rapids, and they are doing amazing things. I feel blessed to have met so many amazing Haitian people who have become my friends."