Are you on the edge of your seats? You should be! Tomorrow, in a just a few short hours, the ISP Great Commons Ball Roll will be happening on campus!
What is ISP? It stands for the International Service Program, which sends dozens of students every year to Central and South American countries to do works of service for and with others. Trips typically last between one and two weeks, and the program operates under the umbrella of University Mission and Ministry (http://www.scranton.edu/ministries/)
Students who participate in ISP travel to these countries in groups with other students as well as faculty and staff who volunteer as chaperones. The students apply in the fall semester, and in the spring semester, they meet with their country group to get to know one another, to learn about the country they will be traveling to, and to reflect on the concept of service.
Another large aspect of the students’ participation is fundraising. To be able to be a part of an ISP trip, all of the participants need to raise a certain amount of money. Part of this is done through individual letter writing to friends, family, businesses, etc., and part of this is done together with other ISP participants.
This is where the Ball Roll comes in. It’s one of ISP’s biggest fundraisers, it happens every year, and everyone in ISP gets involved with it.
Imagine a raffle, but instead of buying tickets, you’re buying tennis balls. These numbered tennis balls are placed in a dump truck at the top of our hilly walkway known as the Commons. Then the tennis balls will be released and sent down to the bottom of the hill. The first balls that make it to the bottom correspond to various prizes.
These prizes, solicited by ISP participants, are donated by other people and businesses. This year, ISP sold 5,000 tennis balls and solicited over 100 prizes! All the money used to buy tennis balls goes to ISP, and lots of people are able to get great prizes too.
It’s a wonderful event that encourages ISP participants to reach out to their community and engages others to become a part of the ISP mission. And in the end, hundreds of people are able to help make service trips possible for many students, staff, and faculty.