Women's Basketball Foreign Tour Through Italy Set for August
FAIRFAX, Va. – In preparation for the 2019-20 season, the George Mason women's basketball team will take part in a once-in-a-lifetime foreign tour of Italy this August.
The ten-day expedition kicks off on August 10. The Patriots will fly into Rome and make stops in Florence, Venice and Como.
"This trip has been in the works for about a year now," said head coach Nyla Milleson. "Our entire program is extremely grateful for this life-changing opportunity."
Highlights of the trip include a city tour of Rome, a boat tour of Lake Como and an opportunity to visit the Vicenza U.S. Army base.
"Traveling to Italy will benefit our team in so many ways," said Milleson. "On the court, it has allowed us to spend extra time practicing and preparing this summer for the three games that we will play over there."
The Patriots will compete against three teams during their time in Italy. On August 12, Mason will take on the University of Ottawa in Rome. Later that week, the Patriots will play Slammers Select on August 15 (Florence) and TK Hannover August 17 (Venice).
Mason returns nine letterwinners from a squad that clinched back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 15 years. With the addition of six freshmen, the Patriots will use this trip to enhance team chemistry on and off the court.
"Adding a freshmen class of six players to a great group of returners, team chemistry on and off the court will have a huge impact on the success of our season," said Milleson. "Our players, especially our younger ones, will be able to get valuable game-experience, well before the season starts in November."
In addition to the games, the Patriots also will be afforded a number of opportunities to experience the country's culture, take guided tours of the renowned areas of each city and sample the regional cuisine in distinct areas of the nation during the trip.
"Being able to travel to Italy will create bonds amongst our team that will not only benefit us this season, but for many years to come," said Milleson.
The Patriot communication staff will be in Italy with the team providing coverage throughout the ten-day trek, so be sure to tune in to the Patriots on Twitter (@MasonWBB) and Instagram (@masonwbb) throughout the trip. Fans and supporters can use the hashtag #AndiamoMason to interact with the team on Twitter and Instagram during the trip.
For a full list of games, check out the schedule below:
Monday, August 12: vs. University of Ottawa (2:30 p.m. ET) - Rome
Thursday, August 15: vs. Slammers Select (1 p.m. ET) – Florence
Saturday, August 17: vs. TK Hannover (Germany) (1 p.m. ET) – Venice