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The Griz men’s basketball team took the trip of a lifetime this past summer, traveling to Costa Rica as part of an international tour, allowed once every four years by the NCAA. “It was an incredible experience for each person individually and for our team as a whole,” head coach Travis DeCuire says. The advantages on the court are apparent:
The Griz got to spend two weeks leading up to the trip practicing, something most teams are unable to do until September. They also scrimmaged two teams while abroad. Off the court, the benefits were greater, including the day when the Griz served at a local orphanage.
“Sometimes we think our lives are rough because we only have those surrounding us to compare them to,” DeCuire says. “Our time at the orphanage was a chance for us to reflect on the opportunities that we’ve been given and to try and make the most of them.”