An excited contingent of nearly 50 students and staff from Tenison Woods College flew out of Australia over the weekend on the 2015 Titans Basketball USA Tour bound for a 25-day adventure, touring the west coast of the United States of America.
In this, the College’s sixth biennial tour, the basketball troop is divided into four teams – Boys and Girls Varsity and Boys and Girls Junior Varsity – and will compete against high school teams in ten games across Oregon, Washington and California during the first half of their travels.
In addition to competing against students from various schools throughout the trip, the touring Titans students will also get the chance to attend classes with their American hosts during their campus visits, immersing themselves in the culture of the US educational system. Passing through cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego, the group also has the opportunity to experience an amazing array of tourist attractions, making it truly a “once in a lifetime” experience. Amongst the activities planned throughout the tour, the group will attend NCAA and NBA basketball games, go to an NFL football game, visit Alcatraz prison and the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as Disneyland and Universal Studios, just to name a few.
This is the sixth time that Tenison Woods College has run the Titans Basketball tour, with the growth in popularity since its inception seeing this year’s group swell to become the largest overseas tour the school has ever undertaken. The Titans Basketball Academy runs the tour every two years, with fundraising, sponsorship and team training activities spread throughout the lead-up to their eventual departure.
As part of their final preparations, the Titans teams last week played trial games against both Mount Gambier High School and Henley High School at the Icehouse. In what is hopefully an omen of future success for the tour, all four teams from Tenison Woods College were successful, with both the Junior Varsity sides defeating teams from Mount Gambier High School, while the Varsity teams were both comfortable victors against Henley High.