State Dept. Briefs Hoops Team Before China Trip
August 12, 2011 – The men's basketball team joined Georgetown board of directors chair Paul Tagliabue and Head Coach John Thompson III yesterday at the U.S Department of State for a briefing with Kin Moy, deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs.
The briefing, which took place in preparation for the team’s 10-day trip to China starting Aug. 13, helped the team learn about what to expect in Beijing and Shanghai and more about the diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and China.
The team will be visiting both Chinese cities as part of their first cultural and athletic tour abroad under Thompson.
“There are as many people playing basketball in China as there are in the United States, and that's an amazing statistic,” Thompson said. “From an institutional standpoint, we're getting a chance to represent Georgetown and increase our reputation in China. President John J. DeGioia has focused on reaching out to other countries as a global institution, and this trip is part of that work.”
The team will visit cultural sites, participate in basketball clinics with Chinese students and play four exhibition match-ups against teams of the Chinese National Basketball Association. The players also will participate in the first-ever Nike Festival of Sport in Shanghai.
The team will return to Georgetown on Aug. 24.