Gomez Embraces Spiritual Journey for Athletes in Action TripAug 18, 2018
Xavier guard and former Jaguar star Ashley Gomez is a member of the Athletes in Action team that will be participating in the FISU America games in São Paulo, Brazil. We’re sharing Ashley’s first blog in this month’s edition of the Moore Monthly. You can follow all of her blogs at this link: http://goxavier.com/news/2018/7/24/womens-basketball-blog-ashley-gomez-explores-brazil-ahead-of-fisu-america-games.aspx
Hey Xavier Fans!
I just wanted to give you all an update about this wonderful journey that I am on and give you some information about it!
I was asked to participate on this faith-based team to represent USA Team in the FISU America games. We will be representing four of the 14 USA teams that will be participating in the games, bringing men's and women's basketball and men's and women's volleyball teams.
The four teams have been here at the Athletes in Action headquarters in Xenia, Ohio, since Saturday, July 14 for training camp. A typical day in training camp is jam packed. We have breakfast every morning at 8 a.m. From 8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m., we have "family time" which consists of all four teams together learning scripture principles that we will be able to apply when we get to Brazil.
We then head to practice from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. followed by an hour-long lunch break. Team time with just the women's basketball team is from 1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m. This consists a lot of writing and sharing our testimonies as a way to get to know each other on a deeper level. After team time, we have four hours to rest, shoot, or lift depending on what we are able to access that day. Dinner is from 7:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. followed by another "family time" from 8:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Practices have been awesome!
The coaching staff we have is truly amazing. Practices are a little hectic as the coaches are not able to plan them like most college teams, but we are all adjusting very well to the chaos! In only four practices, they have been able to bring 10 girls, who most have never played together before, and make our game look like we have been playing together for months. We all have such a drive and passion for the sport, and such a want to glorify God in the game, that it is truly incredible to be a part of.
There are some amazing women and players that I am so fortunate to be playing with these next two weeks. Some teammates I have immediately connected with is my roommate, Hannah Stewart, and my sweet friend, Fallyn Freije. Not only are they both wonderful players, but they are so on fire for the Lord, and grow me every single day in my faith.
We leave TODAY for Brazil and I am so excited to begin this journey that we have been equipping for these past four-and-half days. We will arrive in São Paulo, Brazil around 7:30 a.m. on July 20 - the day of opening ceremonies.
Our basketball schedule does not begin until July 24. When the schedule has been finalized I will be sure to put it in the blog! They will be streaming (most) of the games on Facebook Live on the CDSU.Brasil page. We will have a few more practices in Brazil and then games will start!
Other than winning Gold medals, our mission on this trip is to build community with as many athletes as possible both from the U.S. and from the other countries being represented. We will be doing this by hosting chapels in our hotel both in the mornings and evenings. Since all athletes will be staying in the same place, we will be able to invite them to these events and get to know them better, as we will lead them in discussions about their life and faith. We also have plans to, hopefully, travel to Rio to see the Christ the Redeemer statue, and also team with the Samaritan's Feet Foundation to wash the feet of and give shoes to children who may not be able to afford them.
I am so excited to be able to write about this trip and share it with all of you! Please keep us in your prayers as we travel today and arrive in São Paulo. Thanks for reading and be sure to look back for more updates!
Let's Go X!