From July 16th to August 5th Barclay College Senior Artaya Climes will be spending three weeks in London and Belgium with Sportquest, a sports ministry located out of Indianapolis, Indiana. They will be putting on sports camps for high school and college age kids in the surrounding areas. Climes is entering her Senior season on the Lady Bears basketball team.
Climes reflected about this opportunity, “it has always been my dream to play basketball overseas. I just didn’t know what that would look like. In March I applied. I know I’m the biggest procrastinator in the world, but it wasn’t until then that I felt like that was what I am suppose to be doing over the summer. What really made we want to go on the trip is I want to see what God is going to do with me. I have played basketball all my life. I am about to enter my senior year of college and that is usually the time where basketball is over. If traveling the world and using basketball as a platform to get Jesus to people is the way He wants me to use it, then I am all for it. I just want to do more than play basketball.”
She also said, “Sportquest has a saying “Play with a Purpose” and that is all I want to do. I want to play basketball in such a way that it touches people’s lives. That feeling or drive or whatever you want to call it is what made me want to go. I hope that lives are changed mine to be included. I am really excited and humbled by this opportunity. I can’t wait to see what God does over this summer.”