16 Austin-area teens stuck in Honduras after coronavirus border shutdowns

As countries around the globe are closing their borders in an effort to contain COVID-19, a group of Austin-area teens and adults are stuck in Honduras. 

The group is part of the Lake Travis based start-up "My Player 2 Player." The start-up pairs teenage athletes, with younger, aspiring athletes.

On March 13, the group of sixteen Lake Travis High school students and two adults arrived in Roatan, Honduras as part of a "My Player 2 Player" service trip. They were able to host a few athletic workshops, for kids in the area over the weekend, before the government closed the country’s borders at 11:59 p.m. March 15, canceling their flight. 

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"We just wanna get back on U.S. soil," said Jaime Mineart, a group leader. 

The government has banned gatherings of more than 50 people and the group says just about everything has been shut down. They say they want to get back on U.S. soil, as soon as possible in case things "escalate."  

"Having those pharmacies, banks, gas stations and grocery stores close. So, that's why we feel, it's such an important deal for us to get out." Mineart said. 

The group was set to leave the country Wednesday.

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Their flight was rescheduled for Monday but they fear it could be delayed again. They have been in contact with numerous politicians but they are waiting to see how things play out Monday. 

"We wanna get back when we can get back." said student, Jackson Coons. 

As for medical needs, the group says they’re staying with a host family connected to a medical clinic. 

"We're okay, we're well-fed, we just wanna come home." said student, Kembree Koleber.



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