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SDSU Men's Basketball Team Travels to Haiti

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  These players from the South Dakota State men's basketball team had it pretty good on the court this year, and off the court, life is pretty good for these athletes as well. 

  But a recent trip to Haiti has players seeing life from a completely different perspective.

  "One of the team members said going into Haiti is like drinking from a fire hose. It's really more  than you can handle. It hits you in the face, the poverty and how people live."

  For head coach Scott Nagy, this trip was extra special. He has an adopted daughter from Haiti, and got the chance to meet her birth family.

  "It meant a lot to me. It is going to mean a lot more to my daughter because we were able to fill in a lot of the blanks, a lot of information that she didn't have previously, her brothers and sisters a lot of ants and cousins and family that she didn't know about. And picture I was able to get from her and to be able to see the kind of living conditions that they live in every day is just a good reminder of what we have every day."

  And for his players, a lesson in toughness, and to not take everything in life for granted.

  "I think that most of our concerns are over wants, and most of the people in Haiti's concerns are over needs. Things that we think are needs I think our players saw are wants and not needs. Just to be able to have the perspective, to be able to talk about things because life gets tough and sometimes life gets tough when you have nothing to do with it. And it requires tough people and I think going over there and serving those people they saw what tough really is."

  With the Jacks, Patrick Hills, KSFY Sports.

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