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College of Education scores a win for kids in Nicaragua

While the Ducks prepared for what ended up being their final game of the NCAA Tournament, and while hordes of college students frolicked on beaches, 12 volunteers from the College of Education were helping wrest a tiny plot of land from the grips of the Nicaraguan jungle and turn it into a sport court.

The goal: Give children a safe place to play and the surrounding community a place to gather.

Courts for Kids is an international nonprofit that sponsors the creation of sport courts in parts of the world where concrete is about as common as free Wi-Fi. Students and faculty from the College of Education have made these journeys each year since becoming associated with Courts for Kids in 2014, and have traveled to the Dominican Republic, Panama and, in March 2016, a tiny rural community called Cruz de Mayo in La Concepción, Nicaragua.

Read the full story in Around the O.