SPARTANS MEN’S BASKETBALL TO TAKE TRIP TO CHINA

MEN’S BASKETBALL
TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2011
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SPARTANS MEN’S BASKETBALL TO TAKE TRIP TO CHINA

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LANGLEY, British Columbia –
The Trinity Western University men’s basketball team will travel to China this fall, from Oct. 8-15, for a goodwill tour of preseason games that will take them through Beijing, Tianjin City and Hebei.

The trip will focus on building relationships with China, using sport as a means of cultural exchange, and celebrating the 10-year relationship between TWU and the Tianjin Education Commission.  Over the past 10 years, TWU has hosted approximately 100 teachers for a semester in which they take university classes and tour local schools.   The Visiting Teachers Program of TWU has provided this cultural exchange opportunity for little cost to the teachers as a way of helping them learn Canadian culture and our values and to improve their understanding of the English language and Western teaching approaches.

Following in the footsteps of the Spartans women’s volleyball team that went on a similar relationship enhancing trip to China in 2007, the men’s basketball team will not only play games in three different cities, they also plan to go to high schools and international schools to run basketball clinics.

“The first goal is to celebrate Trinity Western University’s long-standing relationship with Tianjin City” said Geoffrey Feng, the director of the TWU Extension International Program. “The second goal is to showcase our education quality and our values. We are very unique in lots of ways and we want to show our education quality and our values to the Chinese.”

Along with the trip to China, the men’s basketball team, and Trinity Western University as a whole, will be the focus of a 45-minute documentary to be shown on CCTV-5, which is the sports channel for China Central Television.  The documentary will emphasize sport as a means of cultural exchange and will provide a unique opportunity for our athletes to reflect the essence of TWU in a tangible way both on and off the court.  A film crew from China will be coming to Trinity Western Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 to build the foundation of the documentary, which will include, amongst other things, interviews with Trinity Western president Dr. Jonathan Raymond and the university administration and a look into the on and off campus life of one of the members of the basketball team. The team will also be filmed in China while on their trip with the final product to be aired in primetime in late December.

“Our goal is to showcase our education and athletics teams and deepen and widen our relationship with key organizations and universities in China,” Feng said.

China Central Television has about 20 channels and is the only Chinese central government broadcasting station. CCTV has over 1 billion viewers, with a small percentage viewing any one channel at any time.

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Last Updated: 2011-08-30
Author: Scott Stewart