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Follow Jordan’s Journal on Calvin Men’s Basketball Southern California Swing

Monday, December 30, 2013

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Last night we played University of Redlands and won 88-82.  There was an amazing turnout by Calvin alumni and friends; we had a home court advantage 1,800 miles from Grand Rapids!  Running out of our locker room to a gym packed full of Knights fans while in Southern California was a pretty special experience for all of us.  After the game we had a reception at The River Christian Reformed Church in Redlands where we shared a meal with Calvin alums.  Doug Jorritsma put on the event and has helped make our trip amazing, for that our team is extremely grateful.

This morning we drove down to Escondido to visit Dan Stout’s old stomping grounds.  We attended Crossroads Christian Reformed Church and had dinner at the Stouts.  The combination of beautiful weather, delicious food, and team bonding made for a relaxing Lord’s Day.  After lunch we visited Balboa State Park for a couple hours.  Besides the numerous museums, the highlight of the stop was freshman Michael Welch’s key role in a juggling street performer’s grand finale.

Tomorrow we play at 7 p.m.(PCT) against Claremont-Mudd Scripps.  We have a shoot around in the morning and then are heading to Pasadena to check out some of the floats for the Rose Bowl Parade.  We are flying out early Tuesday morning even though I don’t think any of us are ready to bear the Michigan cold!

As a team this weekend we have talked a lot about our blessings.  Coach Vande Streek led a devotion about this one of the first days we got here and it has sort of become our theme for the trip.
We are blessed in so many different ways as students of Calvin College.  It has been an eye-opening and humbling experience to see the support of the Calvin community in a different part of the country.

God bless,

Jordan Brink

(Editor’s Note: The Calvin men’s basketball team is currently in Southern California where it will face the University of Redlands on Saturday at 5 p.m. (EST) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps next Monday at 10 p.m. (EST). Jordan Brink, a junior on the Calvin team, is providing updates every-other day on the team trip. Here is his first journal entry)


We started the day with practice at Claremont Mudd-Scripps, a school made up of three different colleges.  We actually play there on Monday night, but it is much closer to our hotel than the University of Redlands.  Afterwards we had to stop at In-N-Out Burger because our Californian Dan Stout would not stop raving about it.  The consensus on the team was that it lived up to the hype!

We spent the rest of the afternoon at Venice Beach.  Some of the guys hung out at the beach and went swimming, others walked down the boardwalk and took in the sights.  Venice Beach is an interesting place to say the least, it is filled with unique characters and stores much different than anything we have experienced back home.  One of the highlights of the afternoon was watching the guys at Muscle Beach throw up some serious weight.  Senior Mickey DeVries was confident he could hang with them but didn’t get his chance to shine.

After a long day of traveling yesterday and battling the Los Angeles traffic today, we enjoyed the rest of the night at the hotel just hanging out.  We play tomorrow afternoon at University of Redlands and head to Escondido on Sunday for church and lunch with the Stouts!

Go Knights!

Jordan Brink


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