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Murphy Leads Team Back to Uganda

June 17, 2014
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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For the second consecutive year, Liberty field hockey head coach Jodi Murphy led a group from the university on a service project to the East African nation of Uganda. The nine-member team spent two weeks involved in various projects ranging from manual labor, singing and performing skits to field hockey and sports clinics.

One of the team members, field hockey assistant coach Tilly Brampton, was recently featured on LFSN's Game On show, detailing her experience in Uganda and sharing her faith journey. The segment can be viewed by clicking on the video on the right hand side of the page.

The group, which also included field hockey assistant coach Jacki Raithel and women's soccer assistant coach Laura Armstrong, spent the first week in the north western town of Nebbi. The team volunteered at the Acres of Hope orphanage, helping with construction on a pair of new school buildings which will serve the orphanage and surrounding community for many years to come.

While at Acres of Hope, the team spent an afternoon playing various sports with the children of the orphanage and local village. The highlight of the afternoon was when Murphy, Brampton and Raithel introduced field hockey to the children. With eagerness and joy, the boys and girls performed the various drills and exercises demonstrated by the coaches. 

After a safari tour through Murchison Falls National Park, the group returned to the capital city of Kampala for the final week of the trip.

Just as they did last summer, the team visited a bead-making project in one of the slum areas of the city. Members of the group purchased jewelry made by the women of the community and were welcomed into several homes.

During the remaining days, the team traveled to two different primary schools, performing skits, singing songs and speaking in the classrooms. The group also spent several days at the national field hockey stadium conducting field hockey and sports clinics for several hundred primary and secondary students.

In the future, Murphy plans to continue her work in Uganda through her organization, Pathfinder Hockey. The organization seeks to further the promotion of field hockey in the nation and connect with various groups to share the love and hope of Jesus Christ.