Coming to us from Lisbon, Portugal, Sara Vaz Djassi had plenty of experience in the playing and coaching of sports- particularly basketball- before spending the summer at Summit. A former University of Florida student athlete, Sara- and her co-worker and friend Rosie- went on to play professional women’s basketball back in their home country of Portugal, where they have been competing for these last few years. Yet, neither player felt entirely fulfilled by their role on the courts- they both began and continued to work as volunteer coaches for at risk and special needs organizations in their local community, including the Special Olympics in Portugal.

It’s hard to over emphasize the positive impact that Rosie and Sara had on Summit’s athletics program this past summer. They brought to us talent, energy, and a general willingness to do anything and everything for the “AI” program.

Sara took our health & fitness classes to a new level while Rosie taught some fundamental skills on the basketball court- but well beyond this, Sara and Rosie represented the absolute best in our mission for camp: they provided an inclusive, welcoming, and positive experience for all the campers in their programs.

In a community where many of our campers have struggled to find success in the area of athletics, the amount of self-esteem these two helped instill for many of our campers will last far longer than a winning game.