A local man is heading on a unique two week mission trip, but could use some help getting there.
Matt Drahos will be leaving for Uzbekistan on August 1 with Pat Stewart, a former basketball coach at Bethany College. It will be primarily based in the capital city of Tashkent.
They’re working with the Athletes in Action group, and will be putting on a camp and doing several basketball clinics with the Men’s and Women’s National Teams. They’re also working with the National 18 and Under team, and the National 16 and under Team. By day, they’ll be working on basketball clinics, and they’ll share their faith at night.
A former basketball standout at John Marshall High School, Matt went on to play for Bethany College, where he remains the second all-time leading scorer. He also holds Bethany’s record in rebounding and blocked shots. Matt is currently an OVAC official, and said the trip is a perfect fit.
“This opportunity just kind of popped up, and basketball is something I love and the opportunity to go play basketball overseas a little bit and work with some groups and then have the opportunity to share my faith with someone that might not have heard it otherwise around the world is really an opportunity I can’t pass up,” he said.
While most of the trip is funded, including the housing and food, Matt is working to raise money to pay for his plane ticket and travel expenses. He has a Go Fund Me account set up, and any extra money raised will go toward basketballs and supplies to take overseas.
Matt said they are also looking for donations from local high schools and colleges of extra t-shirts or athletic shorts to take with them. He said they plan to pack a few extra suitcases full of supplies to take.
Matt said Progressive Bank and the Vineyard Church have been instrumental with help in funding the trip.