MBB's McClellan and Edwards to Tour Poland with Athletes in Action
MONUMENT, Colo. – Gonzaga men’s basketball players Eric McClellan and Ryan Edwards departed for Bialystok, Poland, today as part of the Athletes in Action basketball team that will embark on a 10-day competitive tour of the country.
The team will begin their training camp June 4 in Bialystok and then play five games over seven days throughout Poland. The teams will play Rosa Radom (Polish pro team), U20 Belarus National Team, AWF University, and two games against U20 Polish National Team. The goals of this tour are to provide a rich cross-cultural experience for each team member and for team members to grow in their personal faith.
McClellan and Edwards will be joined by Mercer’s Andrew Fisher, Baylor’s Ish Wainwright and TJ Maston, UAB’s CJ Washington, Prairie View A&M’s Karim York, Valparaiso’s Jubril Adekoya and Max Joseph, Ohio State’s David Bell and Poland native Grzegorz Grochowski.
The team is coached by Valpo’s Roger Powell with assistant coaches Will Chapman (Texas A&M Corpus Christi), Poland native Mariusz Bawrylak and Pawel Mrozik (Mission Mountain School).
As part of the tour, AWF University will host a FIBA National Coach's Clinic on June 12-13 in which Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd will be one of the speakers.
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June 4 - arrive in Warsaw, Poland and bus to Bialystok to begin training camp
June 5-7 - training camp in Bialystok
June 7 - game vs. Rosa Radom, a Polish Professional team
June 8 - game vs. U20 Belarus National Team
June 9 - bus to Katowice, a city in southern Poland to stay at AWF University
June 10 - tour Auschwitz Concentration Camp
June 11 - game vs. AWF University
June 12 - game vs.U20 Poland National Team
June 13 - game vs. U20 Poland National Team
June 14 - day off
June 15 - return to USA
About Athletes in Action Basketball
The first AIA basketball team competed on December 1, 1967, against the University of Utah. Since then, the AIA has sent exhibition teams to nearly every continent, competing and reaching out to others. AIA teams have played against varied opponents including the U.S.S.R. national team and No. 1-ranked college teams.The AIA’s major emphasis is on sending competitive teams of all collegiate levels around the world. During these tours, the AIA’s goal is to create an environment where athletes can grow in their faith while sharing the gospel with others. Ultimately, the AIA wants to see Christ-followers on every team, in every sport around the world – so that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus.
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