WBB in Costa Rica: Rafting

Aug. 15, 2017

The Vanderbilt Women's basketball team loaded their bus in San José, Costa Rica early Tuesday morning and headed out to Sarapiqui River for a white water rafting adventure. After a safety briefing and a short lesson in technique, the student-athletes and staff loaded into five rafts each led by a tour guide and made their way down the Costa Rican rapids. The guides pointed out various types of wildlife along the way. Erin Whalen, a sophomore guard/forward, said that this was one of her favorite parts of the experience.

"We saw lots of exotic birds, and we even saw monkeys, which was pretty awesome because I have never seen monkeys in their natural habitat before. It was a nice change of pace to be out in nature since we have spent a lot of time in a gym and inside the city of San José."

The tour guides threw a curveball into the trip when they handed out blindfolds to each of the rafters. This was an activity designed to encourage trust and emphasize the importance of being able not only to lead but also to listen.

"It was a great team building experience," stated Whalen. "We had to make sure that we could put all of our trust into one individual and let go of control. It was scary, but it can relate directly to basketball and being able to put total trust in Coach White."

After a two-hour trek down the river, the team loaded the bus and headed to lunch at a local Costa Rican restaurant. The adventure continues tomorrow when the team leaves San José and heads to Los Sueños for the latter half of the trip.

Whalen added, "It is always great to be able to bond with my teammates outside the walls of Memorial."



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