Tuesday, May 17
While the students were in Spanish classes, Maria took Alex and Jackson to interviews at local TV and radio stations. This was deemed so important by Coach Alex that he shaved his beard and mustache beforehand. Now he just needs to wait for the job offers to come in from ESPN.
After lunch we had a work session to formulate a list of questions from the students about the educational system in Nicaragua. Afterwards we took public transportation to a local secondary school, the Instituto Manuel Hernandez, where Maria had arranged an interview and tour with the principal. In Nicaragua most children now finish primary school, but less than 30% finish secondary school, although that figure is higher in urban areas like Jinotepe where the secondary schools are located. The principal explained that students in rural areas find it harder to attend secondary school, unless they have relatives in an urban area that they can live with, or they are able to pay for transportation each day to a town or city with a secondary school.
At the end of the day the team was able to get access to the stadium again for another 90-minute practice ….. before the big game tomorrow morning.