Gonzaga's Drew Barham Blogs About AIA Lithuanian Tour
EDITOR’S NOTE: Gonzaga University men’s basketball player Drew Barham, who is in graduate school in the Masters in Organizational Leadership program, is currently in Lithuania with Athletes in Action for a 10-day goodwill tour. He checked in with some thoughts of his second trip abroad with AIA, the other coming in 2011 when he went to China.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13: We wrapped up our third day together last week with four practices over the past two days plus a weight lifting workout and shooting workout early Thursday morning. We departed Atlanta, site of our training camp, and headed for Frankfort, Germany. We talked to some people about God and did a little sightseeing in our down time! After, one day in Germany we were on our way to Lithuania for our first game.
We have been busy with traveling, games and different activities around Lithuania. The flight here was extremely long and with no extra leg room I thought my knees were going to explode! We stopped in Frankfurt, Germany, for the day and toured the city a little before we flew on to Vilnius, Lithuania. We have played two games so far. The first one took us a while to get our legs under us, but we still came out with the victory over Utena Juventus. I had around 11 points in our 5-point win. Monday we played again versus LSU Lithuania, one of the Lithuanian pro teams. We won a close one in overtime by 8 or so. I had 23 points and 6 boards. After the game I shared my testimony with the team and what it was like to play basketball in America for a top college.
I am currently on the bus headed to our third game against another pro team that won the Lithuanian league last year. It should be a great game! We are picking up 30 orphans on the way to spend some time with them and to give them a chance to watch our game. Before we play we are going to put on a short basketball camp for them to teach them some stuff about the game. Also, we pooled together our money to rent a double-decker convertible top bus so that the kids can have a tour around the city. Many of them have never seen outside their orphanages so we hope it will be an awesome experience for them.
I have adjusted to the time pretty well. We play 10- minute quarters here so the games are a bit longer and the refereeing always favors the European teams. So you do get tired quick from all the pushing and shoving but it is a great experience.
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