Last Saturday, November 2, the Concordia men's basketball team volunteered with the Dream Center in Los Angeles, CA and worked with local kids from Watts, playing basketball and learning the game.
Concordia played five-on-five and taught basketball skills to local youths at the Jordan Downs Rec Center in Watts.
Founded in 1994, The Dream Center is a volunteer driven organization that finds and fills the needs of over 50,000 individuals and families each month.
They do this through mobile hunger relief and medical programs, residential rehabilitation programs for teens and adults, a shelter for victims of human trafficking, transitional housing for homeless families, foster care intervention programs, job skills training, life skills counseling, basic education, Bible studies and more. They work to meet people where they are at, to bring them hope and a way off the streets.
They are also equipping others to serve. The Dream Center's record of success has attracted urban missionaries and Christian leaders from across the U.S. and the world. As they volunteer with them, they gain insight and skills that they can take back to their own communities.
In this way, more than 100 independent Dream Centers have been launched nationally, as well as internationally. Many more churches and ministries have become more effective as they teach those who give their time and talent to do what they do. Many who once needed services also go on to help others
"The Dream Center is doing fantastic things and it was a great opportunity for us to get involved," Concordia head coach Ken Ammann said. "Our guys got a lot out of the experience and the kids really enjoyed working with collegiate student-athletes. The Dream Center is a faith-based organization, which goes right in stride with the values we build our program on."