In an experience that will prove to be beneficial on and off the court for not only his team, but the program as a whole, University of Evansville men’s basketball forward Ryan Sawvell will be participating in the 2013 Global Sports Academy Goodwill Tour.
The 9-day trip will feature five games over the course of the trip spanning from Belgium to England to Holland. Sawvell will provide a diary several times throughout the trip for GoPurpleAces.com that will give fans an exclusive look at his experience.
An 11-man team from nine Division I-A institutions began their trek today when they flew from Chicago O’Hare Airport to Brussels, Belgium. Their first day in the country will see them travel to Mechelen, Belgium where they will have a change to get settled in before a training session and a welcome event that night.
Day three begins with a trip back to Brussels, which is the capital of Belgium. The student-athletes will have the opportunity to sightsee during the day before playing their first game of the trip versus Leuven at 8 p.m. local time.
Next up will be a trip to Ghent, which is located in northern Belgium. The squad will play their second game at 3 p.m. against Waregem.
After its opening two games in Belgium, the team makes its way to London, England on day five via the EuroStar train through the English Channel. The trip, which is in excess of 200 miles, will take just under two hours on the train. Players will have the chance to sightsee in London for the day before returning to Belgium that night.
Following breakfast the next morning, the squad heads to Amsterdam, which is the capital of the Netherlands. They will take part in a river cruise as part of the tour of the city before facing St. Niklaas at 8:15 p.m. that evening. The seventh day begins with a day trip to Bruges (Belgium) prior to a 7:30 p.m. game against Wevelgem.
The final full day in Europe features an excursion to Antwerp for the last day of sightseeing before the fifth and final game of the series against Solingen before a return to the United States the next day.
Global Sports Academy is a not-for-profit organization created to arrange athletic competition between equally matched teams at all levels. To "Promote International Goodwill" and a better understanding between nations through sports is our major goal. With Global Sports Academy you will experience the thrill of international sports competition, attend cultural events and see the historical sites of the world.
Global Sports Academy (“GSA”) has been participating in domestic and international competition since 1991. It was initially established to provide athletes overseas playing opportunities in Ice Hockey and it has grown to support a total of 12 different sports that compete in 25 different countries.
In 1991, the organization incorporated and received its 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status. As a not-for-profit organization its mission is to create and arrange athletic competition between equally matched teams at all levels internationally. To "Promote International Goodwill" and a better understanding between nations through sports is the major goal.
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