May 14, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Members of the Purdue women's basketball program will travel to South Africa on Thursday with team chaplain and Fellowship of Christian Athletes advisor Marty Dittmar to provide service ministry at the Bethesda Outreach orphanage in Hammanskraal, South Africa.
Assistant coaches Nadine Morgan, Christy Smith and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton; video coordinator Tim Bertsch; players Courtney Moses, April Wilson and Torrie Thornton; manager Kirstin Ross and former Boilermaker Brittany Rayburn are scheduled to make the trip.
In addition to spending time with the children at Besthesda who have been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, the Purdue group will be involved in work projects such as painting a roof, providing a sports day at the school, the Jabulane Christian Academy and going to a township in South Africa to assist the elderly and disabled residents with chores like cleaning, cooking and minor maintenance.
The Jabulane Academy has Boilermaker ties as two teachers are Purdue graduates and a current Purdue student is doing an internship at the Academy.
The travel party departs May 16 and will return on May 27. Dittmar has been taking Purdue students on service ministries for over 20 years, often making three or four trips a year. Moses, Drey Mingo and KK Houser went with Dittmar on a service ministry to Haiti in May 2011.