By Lillian Smith | Photos courtesy of Sarah Davis
Last summer, Trinity soccer players Kailynd Tubb (Psychology ‘22) and Sarah Davis (Business ‘22; MA Bioethics ‘23) served with the youth sports ministry Chicago Eagles. They volunteered overseas for two weeks in Colombia, then returned home to assist in youth camps throughout the summer. Not only did they fulfill their service learning requirement, but they also grew closer to God and deepened their relationships with each other.
This summer Davis served with the Eagles again, this time alongside teammates Zoe Villont (Criminal Justice, ‘24) and Kate Jung (Education ’25). As part of the program, they traveled to Brazil and worked with missionaries there. Then they spent seven to eight weeks in Chicago, hosting youth soccer camps. Villont shared what that experience looked like, saying, “We played soccer and ran camps for kids.” She also shared how glad she was to grow with people there mentally and emotionally.
“This summer showed me what it means to truly love others and meet them where they are at in their faith.”
Sarah Davis was similarly impacted. “This summer showed me what it means to truly love others and meet them where they are at in their faith,” she said, adding, “I learned so much from all the students that I worked with, and I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to grow in my faith alongside such incredible people.”
Their summer with the Chicago Eagles has also helped prepare them for this season of soccer. “A huge part of my summer was the Chicago Eagles. Because of that experience, I feel super prepared to go into the season,” Villont explained. “Over this past year I’ve learned what it looks like to truly play for the Lord on the field, surrendering the game to him and playing for his glory,” she said.
“Over this past year I’ve learned what it looks like to truly play for the Lord on the field, surrendering the game to him and playing for his glory.”
A FOCUSED COMMUNITY
Trinity’s women’s soccer team has been working hard to keep their focus on God. They strive to share valuable community time together whenever they can, whether that is through organized events or simply training and traveling together. Much of this focus on the Lord has come from the encouragement of their team coaches Morgan Helms and Isabelle Danner, who both attended Trinity College as students.
Trinity is thankful to have students who are so excited to dedicate their time and skills to ministry, and to have a team that has built such a strong Christian community together. “Knowing that we have our eyes fixed on the Lord and his plans for us,” Villont said, “I’m so excited for us to grow even more this year.”
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