Beyond is an international education and service-learning organization that uses sports as a vehicle to explore the world and create meaningful cross-cultural relationships.
Beyond has been 'Connecting the World through Sports' since the summer of 2010. The organization was founded by Willamette University teammates Josh Erickson and Grant Leslie who first got the ball rolling as business school classmates at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Josh was an Assistant Coach with Willamette's basketball team while Grant studied abroad for a semester of business school in Europe. Unique experiences, similar visions and a whole lot of help from Willamette's Athletic Department, International Education Office and Business School provided a foundation for a new student-athlete experience! The Costa Rican sports community as well as coaches, student-athletes and study abroad professionals from across the United States have embraced our concept, shared our passion, and joined our team. In the last four years, coaches and athletes from over 80 different colleges across the United States have shared the Beyond experience, shaping the program into what it is today. We hope to continue growing opportunities and our impact in Costa Rica, and before too long, in additional locations around the world!
“Sports remain a great metaphor for life’s most difficult lessons. It was through athletics that many of us came to understand that fear can be tamed; that on a team the whole is more than the sum of its parts; and that the ability to be heroic lies within.” - Susan Casey, Former Editor Sports Illustrated
“If we cultivate the habit of doing service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“20 years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” - St. Augustine