MILAN, ITALY – Shopping the latest fashions, dining on authentic brick-oven pizza and embarking on a guided tour of the historic Duomo in the heart of cobblestone-lined Milan by day. And by night on Wednesday, August 21, the Roger Williams University women’s basketball team played a final friendly game against a local basketball club during their 12-day trip across Europe.
The 12 teammates (including three recent grads from the 2012-13 team), coach Kelly Thompson, and a few of the team’s family members departed August 17 for a study-abroad experience of the sights and cultures of five European countries, and participated in three collegial games against local women’s clubs. It’s a special treat for the players, whose game season spans fall and spring semesters, which makes it difficult to join study-abroad trips, a vital cultural experience for all college students, according to Thompson.
“Traveling together this summer will give them a small piece of that cultural experience that I think is so important to their growth as a person,” says Thompson. “It also gives us an opportunity for team-building and skill-development during the summer months” with a few games against European players.
Their trip included stops in Prague, Vienna, Munich, Lake Como, Milan, and a day trip by paddleboat over to Switzerland, with visits to historic sites and plenty of time to explore on their own.
Thompson recorded a daily video blog of the team’s travels and games. Check out her latest video below: