Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball coach John Thompson III is carrying on one of his father's legacies this summer, taking his team overseas as both a basketball and life experience. John Thompson Jr. first took a Hoyas team overseas in 1976, a two week visit to Taiwan. In the summer of 2011, his son will take his team to China for two weeks. Via Gene Wang of the Washington Post, who is traveling with the team during the duration of their trip:
The Hoyas will spend five days in the capital of the world's most populous nation and another five days in Shanghai on a trip intended to advance Georgetown's profile internationally with athletic, educational and cultural exchange.
The Hoyas has a packed schedule for the fortnight they are in China, playing exhibition games and also attending camps and clinics:
In Beijing, Georgetown is scheduled to play exhibition games against the Beijing Ducks, a Chinese professional team, and the Bayi Rockets, whose players are members of the Chinese military. Both games will be at the Olympic Sports Center.
In Shanghai, the Hoyas will conduct a clinic at the Nike Sports Festival, visit the U.S. consulate and perhaps play a couple of more exhibition games in China's largest city, population 14.5 million.