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Building bridges: Cal’s Jordan Kunaszyk inspired by charity work in Mexico

  • Kunaszyk is set to hang drywall in a church nursery in Mexico. He said he had a “spiritual transformation” on the trip.

  • Cal linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk doesn't speak Spanish, but he said he still found ways to communicate with the youth on a mission trip to Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

  • Kunaszyk (left) and former Cal defensive lineman James Looney dig holes for fence posts during a winter-break trip.

  • Linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk (59) works during a Cal Bears football practice in Memorial Stadium at UC Berkeley on Friday, April 6, 2018.

Jordan Kunaszyk spent part of his winter break in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

Just blocks past beachfront resorts, he dug holes for fence posts, hung drywall in a church nursery, and used smiles and broken Spanish to bring joy to children in a poverty-stricken neighborhood.

As Kunaszyk underwent what he calls a “spiritual transformation,” the leader of the Bears’ defense was born.

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