Men’s Hoops Set to Play Exhibition Games in China
August 5, 2011 – As the Georgetown men’s basketball team prepares for its historic trip to China this month, plans are being finalized for a series of exhibition basketball games against Chinese teams.
During a two-week trip to the Republic, the team will play games in Beijing and Shanghai and participate in cultural exchanges, community service events and attend a Mass at the St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai.
The players also will tour the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of the Jade Buddha and the Shanghai World Financial Center.
Clinics, Pick-up Games
The first exhibition game will take place on Aug. 17 in Beijing, where the Hoyas will face the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons. The Shanxi Brave Dragons are a member of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), playing in the North Division of the league.
The next day the Hoyas are slated to play the Bayi Rockets, also a member of the CBA, playing in the league’s South Division.
Both games will take place at the Olympic Sports Center, where the USA men’s and women’s basketball teams played during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Festival of Sport
The team departs for Shanghai on Aug. 19 and will host a basketball clinic there Aug. 20 to help improve young Chinese players’ training and basketball skills.
The Georgetown and Chinese players will attend Mass at St. Ignatius Cathedral on Sunday, Aug. 21.
The clinic is the highlight of Nike’s premier “Festival of Sport,” which takes place Aug. 18-21 at Shanghai Stadium.
The “Festival of Sport” is a four-day celebration of the performance and culture of the game of basketball. Young athletes from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong will compete, while world famous athletes and teams share their experience.
“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to bring the energy and excitement of Georgetown University to fans in China and give them with a way to celebrate their favorite sport,” said Michael Jackson (C’86), Nike's general manager of basketball, greater China and global business development.
Preparing for China
The Hoyas, led by senior guard Jason Clark (C’12) and center Henry Sims (C’12), began practicing last week in anticipation of the trip to China.
Georgetown finished the 2010-11 season with a 21-11 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in seven years under Head Coach John Thompson III. The Hoyas, who earned a first round bye in the Big East Tournament with a 10-8 regular season record in league play, played against a schedule rated No. 1 in the country and were among the top 20 teams in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).