April 27, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's basketball team will embark on a foreign trip this summer when it heads to the South American country of Brazil. The team will spend 10 days sight-seeing, playing basketball and helping the local community. The trip will run from August 6-16.
The Buckeyes will start their trip in Sao Paulo, Brazil and will spend three days in and around the city.
The team will then head north for a day in Americana before spending the final six days in Rio de Janeiro.
Ohio State is slated to play three games on the trip against local competition.
The team will play one game in Sao Paulo, one game during their time in Americana and then one game against a team in Rio.
What We'll Be Doing
In addition to exploring the city of Sao Paulo, the team will also connect with members of the newly formed Brazil Gateway. The program was opened by the Ohio State Office of International Affairs in Sao Paulo as a place for students to learn and grow abroad in the South American country of Brazil. Plans have been made for members of the program as well as current OSU students in the area to attend the team's game.
The Buckeyes will spend a day in the historic city of Sao Jose dos Campos.
Americana is a city north of Sao Paulo and was first established in 1875. It derived its name largely because of its North American inhabitants who fled to the city in the aftermath of the American Civil War.
The breadth of the trip will then be spent in the city of Rio de Janiero. Rio hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and will host the Olympic Games in the summer of 2016. Team members will have plenty of free time to explore the diverse city art their leisure but scheduled events include:
o Exploring Sugarloaf Mountain
o A visit to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue
o A Rio de Janeiro scavenger hunt where the group will be broken into teams to explore the city.
o A tour of the Maracana Stadium, which is a futbol (soccer to us Americans) stadium that played host to the 1950 and 2014 FIFA World Cup finals. It will also be used in the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team plans to see a game in the facility.
The team will also be involved in a community service project during the trip but details have not yet be finalized.
One benefit of a foreign tour is the ability for extra summer practices.
Under NCAA rules, the team is allowed 10 practices prior to a foreign trip.
Those practices will benefit to the Buckeyes as they have a fairly young team that is still gelling. The team will boast just two seniors next season in Ameryst Alston and Cait Craft. Four players missed most, if not all, of last season with injury and the team will also be welcoming two freshmen into the mix.
Head Coach Kevin McGuff's Thoughts On The Trip
"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to take our team on such a great trip. We'll get 10 days of practice which will be beneficial for our young team as we prepare for the trip. But most importantly, it's a great opportunity to visit a tremendous country in a great part of the world and hopefully it will give our kids a trip of a lifetime."