Members of Case Western Reserve University’s men’s basketball team will spend almost two weeks in Brazil sharpening their hoop skills and creating lifelong memories.
The team’s 12 returning players will be accompanied by Sean McDonnell, head coach; Jeff Gorski, assistant coach; and Kevin Carduff (CWR ’93; MGT ’96 ; PhD, MGT ‘10), the team’s faculty affiliate. The group will travel to several locations in Brazil through Aug. 22.
“We traveled to Brazil in 2007 and it was the first time Case Western Reserve’s basketball team had made a foreign trip since 1985 when Coach Bill Sudeck’s team traveled to Jordan and Bahrain,” McDonnell said. “The NCAA allows teams to travel overseas once every three years and I’m thrilled that we’re traveling this summer.”
The basketball players will face off against Brazilian club teams “comprised of very talented players who will give our team a great challenge,” McDonnell said. They will visit several cities, including Guaruja, Rio de Janeiro and Paraty.
McDonnell said the trip is important for several reasons. Because the basketball season overlaps during both fall and spring semesters, basketball players don’t have an opportunity to study abroad for a full semester. This trip will afford them the opportunity to experience a different culture. McDonnell said the trip also will allow the team an opportunity to play several games now, considered an advantage going into the regular season. And the experience of traveling and playing together in a different country is a way for “the players to bond with their teammates in amazing ways that will help form memories for a lifetime,” McDonnell said.
The trip is made possible through the generous support of basketball alumni and friends. “Our players and I are grateful for this opportunity and appreciate all of the support we have received,” McDonnell said.
In addition to the basketball games, the team members plan to do several community service projects. They will document their experiences on Facebook.
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