After several months of planning, the LaGrange College football staff made their trip to Panama City, Panama to work with high school players from the local area. Head coach Matte Mumme and the staff flew to Panama City on March 30th where the Kiwanis Club there hosted and set up the camp at Academia Interamericana de Panama.
"We were thrilled to have this opportunity to be the first college coaches from the United States to travel down to Central America to have a football camp," Mumme said. "All of the people we met were amazing and they rolled out the red carpet for us! When we were not coaching they took the time to show us how beautiful their country is and how everyday life is for Panamanians"
The LaGrange coaching staff put the Panamanian players through five two-hour practices, teaching them the fundamentals and basics of the game. The five practices were held in a three-day span but the staff saw huge improvement in this short amount of time.
"All of the young men were extremely energetic to learn as much as they could. We could definitely see some of the raw talent in many of the players that attended the camp" Mumme pointed out.
The Kiwanis Club was impressed with the LaGrange coaching staff and plans are being made for a repeat trip in 2017.
"This was not only a great opportunity for us to give LaGrange College more exposure but also a chance to see if we could add any international students to the football team. We found several upcoming seniors that we are interested in and some of them will visit us this summer," noted Mumme. "Our staff was very fortunate to take advantage of such a tremendous trip and we are very appreciative to all those in Panama that made this trip amazing!"