San Diego

About the Mission

SportQuest San Diego offers an awesome experience for athletes around the country to converge for an amazing sport mission project in Valley Center, CA (30 miles north of downtown San Diego). The experienced staff of the SportQuest West Coast office have been building a sports ministry program in Valley Center for the past several years and balance a jam-packed sports camp schedule with time to enjoy the scenery and sights that make San Diego "America's Finest City." Beaches, mountains, city life and rural life are all on the docket. Bring your basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, and dance skills and partner with us to bring the light of Jesus Christ to the San Diego region.

Discover more about what God is doing in San Diego.

Project Summary


Dates: June 20 - July 1, 2018

Location: Valley Center, California

Training Camp: Valley Center

Sports: Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball/Softball, Volleyball, and Dance

Age Requirement: Applicants must be between 15 - 25 years old

Cost: $599.00*

* Does not include domestic travel to project location




  • Lauren T.
    “The biggest thing I've gotten out of my SQ experience has been the relationships. I have friends and people to help me grow and hold me accountable all over the country now. The one experience that challenged me the most was the training where we learned how to share the Gospel. It's at the foundation of what it means to be a Christian but it's easy for me to let fear of judgement or fear of making others uncomfortable get in the way.” - Lauren T.
  • Tiffany F.
    ““I've been able to make friends from SportQuest from all around the world and have created important friendships that I treasure because they help encourage me in my faith. It's also equipped me to be able to coach and play basketball with a focus on building relationships rather than just the sport itself.” - Tiffany F.
  • Ashleigh E.
    “Going into SportQuest, my faith was a bit shaky, and I wasn’t sure if a mission trip would even be appropriate for me because of the struggles and doubts I was having, but all of my hesitation was quickly shut down after arriving at SportQuest. By the time I left, I found myself simply on fire for the Lord!” - Ashleigh E.
  • Noah M.
    "The San Diego trip has really impacted my life. I feel like since the trip I have grown closer with God and seen myself acting more mature. Also I am still in touch with the people from the trip and they are some of my great friends now. I'm still trying to get into God's word more but I'm slowly getting there! I am blessed to have gone on such a great trip."
  • Macey M.
    "Before my experience with SportQuest I always let my anxieties get in the way of spreading the Gospel. I was always afraid that my testimony was somehow 'wrong' or I just wasn't confident in what I was saying. Honestly that took a complete 180 turn on my trip to Valley Center. I never had the courage to share my story before SportQuest, but I was pushed outside of my comfort zone on this trip and that was the best thing that could've happened. Since the trip I've been so much more confident and self-assured. The team I spent 12 days with in California, are now my close friends that I will continue to pray for, the kids I coached I will constantly pray and think about, and the hardest part of the trip was leaving, but that makes going back so much easier."​
  • San Diego City Info


    City: Valley Center, San Diego County

    Project Coordinator(s):  Seth Leichtfuss, Joy Leichtfuss, Tony Suitor, Becky Bowden

    Valley Center Population: 10,000

    Capital: Sacramento is the capital of California

    Official language: English (though many people speak Spanish as well)

    Most popular sports: Football, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, and Soccer


    Political Situation:

    In 2013, San Diego was ranked as the 20th-safest city in America by Business Insider.  Crime rates have sharply declined in the last decade, and the economy continues to grow, buoyed by its deepwater port, which happens to host the largest naval fleet in the world thanks to the presence of the U.S. Navy.  Valley Center, which is 38 miles north of San Diego, is known for its quiet, rural atmosphere and has a unique demographic of very highly educated and wealthy people as well as low-income families who may not have a formal education.  The community has many Spanish-speaking residents, and there is a small population of Native Americans as well. 


    Spiritual Climate:

    Protestantism, Catholicism, and Mormonism are the largest religious affiliations in Valley Center; however, there is also a large population who come from a non-religious background and do not believe in God.  They tend to be very receptive to the Gospel, but a major obstacle is the nominalism of those who claim to be Christian but do not actively practice their faith.  SportQuest has the opportunity to show a genuine witness to this community in partnership with the local church.      


    Challenges for Prayer:

    • For the community to see a genuine example of what it means to follow Jesus
    • For SportQuest to continue to be a light and an encouragement for the families of Valley Center


    Points of Interest:

    • San Diego Beaches (Surfs up!)
    • Balboa Park
    • San Diego Zoo
    • SeaWorld San Diego
    • Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
    • Valley Center Western Days Parade

    Typical Weather:

    San Diego has some of the best weather in the world! Sun, sun and more sun! Valley Center offers temperatures in the 80’s in June with cool, refreshing evenings when the sun sets.


    Typical Foods:

    San Diegans love their Mexican food and “In-n-Out” burgers! Fresh fruit is taken for granted in Valley Center as much of it is grown in our own backyard.





  • Dear Parents,

    We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved in your child's life this summer. Thank you for supporting your son or daughter as they step out in faith and seek to encounter all that God has for them. May this moment remind you of the dreams that God has placed in your heart over the years. Are you walking in all that God has for you? We want to encourage you to believe that it is never too late to step out and surrender your will for His will. What we do in this life really does matter for eternity and obedience is always better than sacrifice. We love, appreciate, and pray for you as a parent. Please let us know if you have any specific prayer requests or questions.

    We understand that the safety of your child is very important to you and it is equally important to us. In the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, we highlight and discuss questions that are important for you to review. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have regarding your child's upcoming SportQuest experience.

    Below we have included two letters from SportQuest parents.  We hope these letters encourage you, excite you, and bring you peace as you prepare your child to "Go" on this experience of a lifetime!

    A Mother's Story by Carrie, Kansas

    We have three sons who have all traveled multiple years on PWP Projects. We have had a son travel with SQ every year since 2000! I asked each of our boys how SportQuest made a difference in their lives. Each one of them mentioned that it was through SQ that they became aware of the need to share the gospel to every corner of the earth. Ryan mentioned that it made him see things in a different perspective and made him grow in different areas of his life. Kyle and Chris mentioned how it made them want to reach out to others.

    Kyle traveled to Kenya in 2010. I want to share a heart-wrenching story that occurred after his return from Africa. He had been home for about an hour and was full of stories, but because of the wee hours of the morning we all decide to go to bed and catch up on everything else the next day. Kyle decided to have a bowl of cereal and my husband and I headed off to bed. As I was getting ready for bed, I decided to visit some more with Kyle as he ate his bowl of cereal. As I entered the kitchen I noticed Kyle standing with his back to me looking at the food in the kitchen cabinet. He was not moving, not making a noise but just standing there. I asked if he was OK and nothing came out of his mouth. He continued to stand there just staring. I didn't go over there but just stayed silent, waiting for his next move. With his back still to me I heard the words in a tearful cry "WE HAVE SO MUCH. THEY HAVE SO LITTLE". He said "I thought I knew....I've heard missionaries talk....but I didn't know. Mom you think you know, but you don't know." It took him a while before he turned around, but when he did his eyes and face were so filled with tears. I will never in my life forget that picture of what I saw in my son.

    Kyle gave a presentation to our local church after his return from Africa. The church was packed with those not only from our church, but from our community. This 19-year-old son of ours was emotional as he shared about the people of Africa. His life will never be the same.  Kyle has always been a child that respected us and gave us no trouble in high school, but he now has a passion for missions and others. What a blessing to have SQ be a part of our children's lives.

    I'm tearful as I am thinking right now of what SQ means to us.  We have always been a basketball family, and we enjoy sports immensely. We believe so strongly that God has blessed the boys with a talent of basketball that can be used as a platform to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We believe this is what SQ wants to do – use sports as a platform to share the Gospel. God has given kids so many talents in different sports not to bring them glory, but to bring GOD the glory. 

    I would like to reassure any parent that is apprehensive to send their kids overseas. We know that God loves our kids more than we do and that we are called to be witnesses. We definitely prayed over the trips our children took and of course when we saw how God provided the finances for these trips it confirmed that they were to be there.  We had problems with Kyle's shots and our medical clinic was very against us sending him to Africa. However, God really taught me something when my child looked me in the face and said, "Mom, we have a God that can keep me safe, and I'd rather die sharing the Gospel than to stay back home to just work and make more money."  This 19-year-old was teaching his mom to trust in God as he felt he was being called to serve Him in sport missions.

    A Parent's Perspective by Chi-Chung, California

    My wife and I are privileged to have sent our daughter on two summer missions trips with SportQuest -- the first at the end of her junior year in high school to Costa Rica and the second after graduating from high school to Belgium. We wanted her to use her God-given abilities – in her case basketball – in an environment where she can be a blessing and encouragement to others. We looked at a number of organizations and prayed that God will give us a sense of peace and direction. There were several key reasons why we decided to go with SportQuest. First of all, they are clearly missional -- the theme of Playing with Purpose is clearly in their DNA. Secondly, they were responsive. Throughout the process of learning about the organization they were always the first to respond back. Though SportQuest is located in Indiana, they were able to put me in touch with a local staff member in California who was kind enough to meet up with us for a cup of coffee during the investigation process. Thirdly, they are serious about safety. I appreciated how much attention they put into ensuring the safety of their missionaries. On her first trip to Costa Rica, they arranged to have her fly out of California to the East Coast with another athlete so that she would not have to fly alone. Once they touched down they were met by SportQuest personnel and taken to a local hotel where they could spend the night before flying out to Costa Rica the next morning. Once in the designated country, SportQuest provided a week of training and orientation so that each athlete is prepared physically, mentally and spiritually for the work ahead.

    Fundraising is always a major concern and challenge. However, we've found that SportQuest walks with you throughout the process, providing wonderful tools and ideas to journey the fund raising process in faith. We also appreciated the updates when gifts were sent in so that we knew where we stood on the fundraising side throughout the process.

    We've been thoroughly blessed by our relationship with SportQuest. We've seen our daughter's love and passion for God grow through her time with SportQuest over the past two summers. As a parent, there is no greater joy "than to see our children walking in the truth" (3 John 4). Thank you, SportQuest, for helping our daughter walk and serve with passion and purpose.

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