The Bowling Green State women’s basketball team are set to become the first women’s basketball program in the nation to both visit and play basketball games in Cuba, when the school takes the trip this summer, the school announced this week.
The team will take the 11-day foreign tour of Cuba from August 8-18 with a stop in Tampa before heading to Havana. The plan for the team is to 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.”
The NCAA is allowing the team’s four incoming freshman to participate in the trip as well.
“We will have one of the youngest teams in the conference next season,” Roos said. “So, the additional practice time in the summer will prove to be beneficial to our program.”
Roos is 64–34 in her four seasons at Bowling Green, including posting a 10-18 mark last season.
Scooby Axson, Campus Rush
April 14, 2016