A year ago, at the suggestion of graduate transfer quarterback Trevor Knight, who had made the trip multiple times before, several Texas A&M athletes went on a mission trip to Haiti over the summer.
A year ago, Director of Player Development Mikado Henson talked about how the trip came to be.
“When Trevor Knight transferred from Oklahoma, I told him about the trip and it is the same organization that takes OU. He’s been there three times and he told me, ‘Mikado, I’m an Aggie, but I’m going back to Haiti whether it is with A&M or OU. I’m going back.’ Jake Hubenak is going back and I don’t care whether you are scholarship or not, offense or defense, black or white. We’ve got 15 football players signed up and we’ve all had to raise money.”
Fifteen football players, 12 volleyball players and one soccer player made the trip. The football players included the likes of Knight, Hubenak, Myles Garrett, Daeshon Hall, Josh Reynolds, Otaro Alaka and Koda Martin.
Now, a year later, there will be 67 athletes from A&M making the same trip.
“About ten percent of our student athlete population is going with us this year,” Hinson recently told KBTX. “We’ll do a lot of painting of homes, delivering goats as a form of income and stewardship. Building, painting, planting… We told them we’ll bring plenty of manpower.
“It’s amazing to see what we get to do there, but it’s even more amazing to see what happens in us,” Hinson said. He remarked that students returned last year with a renewed since of humility and brotherhood. “It’s an eye opener.”
The group will be leaving on Sat., May 13 and will return a week later on May 20. With most athletes having to take summer school in order to work out with their sports over the summer, the group going on the Haiti trip will be giving up almost all of their summer vacation.
Brian Perroni – May 10, 2017