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Aug. 6, 2013
The Utah Valley University men’s basketball team makes its way to China this week for an international tour that will span 15 days and has the Wolverines scheduled for nine games.
Partnering with World Vision Sports Management, UVU will play against teams from the Chinese Basketball Association in several different cities including Hangzhou, Shaoxing, Jinhua, Wenzhou and Shenzhen.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our players and a chance to experience the Chinese culture,” said head coach Dick Hunsaker. “We’re looking forward to spending time together as a team. It will be highly competitive basketball in an atmosphere that will help us to grow individually and collectively.”
Utah Valley enters its first season in the WAC this fall after a four-year stint in the Great West Conference. The Wolverines won two conference championships during their time in the GWC.
"I am excited to team up with Utah Valley University Men's basketball program in helping them take its foreign trip to China,” said Daimon Beathea, President of World Vision Sports Management. “I have known Coach Hunsaker since my days as a high school player in Indiana and know that the Wolverines will be prepared and will fare well against the top teams in China's professional league and some other quality teams from around the world.”
“World Vision Sports Management has been outstanding in organizing and structuring this trip for our team,” Hunsaker said.
Beathea is a former player evaluator for China Basketball for the Utah Jazz and former coach and consultant to various teams in China and in the United States.
“Chinese basketball is on the rise as well with more NCAA teams matching up against it on a yearly basis,” he added. “This trip will serve the program's efforts to grow on the court and off. I believe the players will grow culturally and academically by being exposed to the history and current landscape of China.”
UVU has Chinese basketball as part of its history. In 1992-93, Chinese-born Ma Jian was a member the Utah Valley basketball team during the school’s era as a junior college. He played one season before finishing his U.S. college career at the University of Utah.
On campus at Utah Valley University, the Department of Languages recently held its annual Chinese Summer Days, allowing students across the state of Utah enrolled in Chinese language courses to learn more about the country and its culture.
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