MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM ARRIVES IN SOUTH AFRICA AND BEGINS MISSIONS TRIP

Cape Town, South Africa

MENS BASKETBALL (ANNOUNCEMENT)
MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM ARRIVES IN SOUTH AFRICA AND BEGINS MISSIONS TRIP

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
The Trinity Western University men’s basketball team arrived in Cape Town, South Africa Sunday and embarked on a 12 day mission’s trip.

In conjunction with Hoops 4 Hope, a global non-profit organization, the players and coaches will help conduct basketball clinics for local children with the intention of providing a safe and nurturing environment in which kids can learn both basketball and life skills.

“I’m very proud of the positive approach that our guys have taken in a tough place. When you first see the shanty towns it is a pretty scary sight,” commented TWU head coach Scott Allen. “But then you see the inner joy of the kids even though they are living in poverty. It has been a great experience for all of us working and coaching with these kids.”

Hoops 4 Hope is a program run in Zimbabwe and South Africa that, in cooperation with schools, community organizations, and children’s shelters, reaches out to over 10,000 children every year.

Since 1995, Hoops 4 Hope has used basketball as an avenue for both personal and social change amongst children in an effort to help build up a generation of healthy living, productive adults who seek to make a difference in their world.

The Spartans basketball team will also have an opportunity to play a game against the Western Province Team at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Wednesday night.

TWU will conclude their experience in Africa on May 27.

You can follow the Spartans on two player blogs: Tristen Smith at http://www.mymotherlandtestamonies.blogspot.com/ and Tyrell Mara at http://tyrellmara.wordpress.com/

About TWU:

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 4,000 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 41 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 17 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership. For more information, visit TWU's Official Athletics site at gospartans.ca.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport:

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. The CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 32 World University Championships. For further information, visit www.universitysport.ca.

About CWUAA:

"Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year since 1997-98. Comprised of 14 schools, from Manitoba to B.C., the CWUAA produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in events such as the Olympics or Universiade Games."

-TW-

Last Updated: 2010-05-18
Author: Mark Janzen