FAIRFIELD — At times, sports are meant to do more than just entertain.
Vacaville High graduate and current Pacific Union College guard Anthony Gonzalez will be taking his talents to Central America this summer as part of Athletes in Action, an Ohio-based organization that uses “sports as a platform to help people answer questions of faith,” according to its website.
The 19-year old Gonzalez, a Suisun City resident, said he heard about the team from a family friend, but thought nothing about it until his mother tracked down information that AIA would be doing a basketball tour this summer.
So Gonzalez applied.
The organization then contacted Gonzalez’s coaches to make sure he could play and they finally contacted him to go on tour.
“We’ll be doing something every day,” Gonzalez said. “We will be playing other international teams and universities in Guatemala. Every day we will be traveling to a new city. We will be either playing a game, traveling or doing mission work.”
Gonzalez said he has done mission trips before to Mexico, but Guatemala will be the farthest he has ever traveled.
“It will be a good experience in international basketball, especially because I want to continue playing after college,” Gonzalez said. “I would like to play in the states or internationally and this will be a good eye-opener. I’ll get some exposure in international basketball while continuing in growing my faith and being able to help others.”
Gonzalez will leave for Ohio the first week of July, where he will train for five days then head to Guatemala until the end of the month.
“It’s an honor and a blessing to get chosen for this,” Gonzalez said. “I felt like it was a long shot making the team coming from a smaller school, but I know God works in mysterious ways and he continues to open doors for me.”
Gonzalez played in 31 games for PUC (4-27, 3-9 CalPac) as a freshman in 2013-14, averaging 3.7 points and 2.5 rebounds per game while amassing 41 assists and 19 steals.
As a senior at Vacaville, he helped the Bulldogs claim part of a four-way tie for the Monticello Empire League title in 2012-13.