Oglethorpe head men's lacrosse coach Tom Higgins has been selected to coach a team in the Down Under Cup in Australia May 29-June 10, 2012. Players from all over the country are recommended for the team based on their athletic ability and their ability to represent the country in a positive manner.
"Tom's commitment to growing the sport of lacrosse at the youth level across the state of Georgia serves as an example of the type of athletic ambassador USA Athletes International seeks to bring into international competition. He will bring the term ambassador to life on this trip, showing the tournament participants his love for the sport," stated Rick Mathieu, Lacrosse Program Coordinator at USA Athletes International.
"Tom is taking the opportunity to represent Oglethorpe as an ambassador for the sport of lacrosse and the USA. From the day he heard about this opportunity, he has professed his excitement about it, and we are all proud to have him as a part of our program."
In addition to competing, the team will also take plenty of time to tour Australia, including Melbourne and the surrounding area, as well as the Gold Coast.
USA Athletes International is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that seeks to provide educational opportunities that are facilitated through athletic competition. With the exception of the U.S. Olympic program, there are few opportunities for athletes to experience the competition, history, and culture of other countries on an international level.