The Bowling Green State University Women’s Basketball program announced this week that they will be taking their program on an international tour to Cuba. They will be the first collegiate women’s basketball program to travel to and play basketball games in Cuba.
The team will make a stop in Tampa, before heading on an 11-day tour of Cuba, playing games in Havana. They will play three games against local teams, participate in clinics for local school children and take part in community service events.
“Playing collegiate basketball at the Division-I level allows student-athletes opportunities for significant educational and athletic growth,” said Bowling Green head coach Jennifer Roos.
“Traveling to Cuba will afford this group a cultural growth that they will have never experienced. Also, I believe we will develop a strong sense of servant leadership from this trip. The growth that this team will have from this trip will impact our program and others positively for years to come.”
This will certainly be a historic trip as the US’ relations with Cuba have recently undergone a positive change. Both nations hope to come to further agreements in the near future regarding trade and travel between countries. This trip by Bowling Green is certainly a step in the right direction toward mutual goodwill.
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