History

Sports Servants started from an idea in March of 2005 when director Zac Hood (Nashville, TN) took a one-week mission trip to Corozal, Belize. While falling in love with the Belizean people and culture, he discovered a deep need for structured activities for Belizean children. During that trip, he realized the powerful role sports can play in empowering children and communities and, later that summer, worked with mentors to write a basic plan for initiating organized sports programs in Belize.

Sports Servants came into existence in the fall of 2005 as a result of partnerships with The Belize Project, Mission to the World, and the YMCA of Belize. After a planning trip in March of 2006, the first summer trip was taken by 8 volunteers over a span of 8 weeks in June and July of 2006. With few expectations but high hopes, the summer resulted in valuable experience and strong relationships within schools and villages. The first programs offered were a series of one-day coaching workshops and six week-long soccer camps in 6 different villages.

The first primary school intramural program began In 2009, founded by Belizean teachers. This first school program has served as a model for other teachers and principals to join and work together.