GW Women's Hoops to Tour Europe This Summer
Coach Tsipis' Squad to Visit England and France in August
June 17, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team will travel to Europe this summer to serve as ambassadors of the university and the sport of basketball and to play several games against European competition, the GW Department of Athletics and Recreation announced today. The Colonials will spend 10 days abroad in England and France from Aug. 13-23.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these young ladies to experience another culture and visit some of the most iconic landmarks in the world," said Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis. "It will also greatly enhance our team chemistry by giving our returning players and incoming freshmen an early opportunity to bond while also playing strong international competition. GW is an international university and we look forward to the opportunity to be ambassadors of the school."
This will be GW women's basketball's first foreign tour since a visit to Switzerland and Italy in the summer of 2001.
"International travel is a key component to the college experience, especially at GW," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. "These student-athletes are not able to study abroad due to their athletic commitments, so it is important that we can provide them with the opportunity to visit other countries and see what the world has to offer. While we of course hope this trip allows the women's basketball team to build on a successful season this past year, more importantly we hope that the experience our student-athletes will gain from an international tour broadens their horizons and enriches their lives."
The traveling party will depart from Washington Dulles on Aug. 13 for an overnight flight to London. GW's three-day stay in London will include guided tours of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. The team will also get to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, ride the London Eye and take a sightseeing cruise on the River Thames. In addition, one of the Colonials' games will take place in London against Barking Abbey, and they will be conducting a youth clinic with Barking Abbey's younger group, as well.
The squad will then head to Paris, where they will see the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles and take a sightseeing cruise of the River Seine. The Colonials next will travel by train from Paris to Marseille on the Mediterranean coast and will tour France's second-largest city before heading to picturesque Nice and Monaco on the French Riviera. The Colonials will have a final farewell dinner in Nice on Aug. 22 and will return home from Nice on Aug. 23.