Zag Drew Barham's Final Blog About AIA Lithuanian Tour
EDITOR’S NOTE: Gonzaga University men’s basketball player Drew Barham, who is in graduate school in the Masters in Organizational Leadership program, recently concluded a 10-day goodwill tour in Lithuania with Athletes in Action. He checks in for the final time with some thoughts of his second trip abroad with AIA, the other coming in 2011 when he went to China.
We made it back safely to the United States! You don't realize how much you miss American food till you leave. I cannot wait to eat everything in sight!
I had a wonderful trip and really learned a lot over the time I was gone. I believe my basketball game improved as I was able to play just about the entire game in all of our matches. We finished the trip 5-1 against stout competition. I averaged around 19 points and around 5 rebounds. Overall, the European style of play is extremely smart basketball and they had some really good players I was able to learn things from.
The basketball clinics and camps we put on were a major success and really brought joy and hope to the underprivileged kids we worked with. It showed me how blessed we are here in America and to live life with passion and happiness. Also, I grew a lot in my faith and closer to God over the trip.
Some highlights of the trip were winning a close game in overtime, traveling to an island off the coast of the Baltic Sea, being able to share my story/testimony with a group of kids and being a part of something that God was using to reach others!
Currently I am back in my hometown Memphis, Tenn., waiting to eat some of my favorite food. My mom's macaroni and cheese, breadcrumb chicken, sweet potatoes and corn bread!
Thanks to everyone who followed me while I was gone! Now it's time to get into the real basketball season grind - I can't wait for our first game! Go Zags!
You can follow me on twitter dbarham43 if you want to see what I'm up too throughout the season.