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WJU coach off to Mexico to work with young athletes

By: Staff Report
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William Jessup University’s associate men’s basketball coach, Jeff Bussell, is heading to Mexico. The coach is off to Tuxtla Gutierrez to help run an international basketball clinic for 7-18 year-olds April 6-10. Bussell will be working with Germán González, holder of the Association basketball of the State of Chiapas, to develop highly competitive players to represent the state of Chiapas at the state and national levels. After recently winning the CALPAC championship, Bussell is volunteering his time to Athletes in Action, a Christian organization founded in 1966 by David Hannah, who desired to build on society's great love of sports and utilize the platform given to the athletes to reach the world for Christ. As a branch of Campus Crusade for Christ, AIA has a ministry presence in 85 countries, on nearly 100 U.S. college campuses, and on 35 U.S. professional sports teams. In 2007, Bussell led a team of college athletes from around the country on a two-week mission trip to Mexico City. While there, he ran basketball clinics for youth, coaches, and university players and coached games against various university and club teams in Mexico City. The opportunity allowed him to build successful relationships with AIA personnel from the region. As a result of his 2007 trip, Bussell came in contact with Bernardo Sierra of AIA Mexico, who was seeking an American coach to come down and help run the clinic this year. “It’s a blessing to have the opportunity to share my passion for basketball, people and God in Mexico,” Bussell admits. “From past experience, I know the kids will be eager to learn from everything I’m able to give them. They have hearts of gratitude and thankfulness and are such a joy to work with.”