Hoops Team Heads to Costa Rica

The men's basketball team will travel to the Central American country of Costa Rica on Monday for a seven night trip that will mix competition and culture in a team building excursion.

Head coach Philip Ponder and assistant coach Andrew Tulowitsky will travel with the nine returning players from last year's squad on a trip the student-athletes will be hard pressed to forget. The seven night stay includes the Petrels intermingling three international basketball games with various cultural and educational excursions on the famed coast.

Scheduled outings include a tour of the National Museum and Theater, a visit to the Supreme Court, a whitewater rafting trip and a breathtaking zip-line ride through the region's rainforests. The team will also take time out to perform community service by visiting a local shelter for disadvantaged youths.

Along with the educational sightseeing, the team will lace them up for three nights of top flight competition on the hardwood. The Petrels will face two local professional teams (Escazu and Barva) before capping the trip with a tilt against the Costa Rican National Team.

"This should be a great trip for our student-athletes," said coach Ponder. "The guys will have a chance to experience another culture while also playing some top-notch basketball games. Team building outings like this can really help with group chemistry and we can't wait to go."

To view a detailed itinerary of the Petrels trip to Costa Rica, go here.

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