July 16, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State women's basketball team will travel to Senegal and Italy next month as part of a foreign tour experience presented by Nike.
The Seminoles will take part in community service projects, play four games against foreign competition and experience new cultures in the two countries from Aug. 6-16.
"We are super excited and very thankful to Nike for sponsoring our trip," Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. "These foreign tour trips are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for our student-athletes and I'm so glad that we can provide this experience at FSU. We have a lot of new pieces on our team for the upcoming season and this will allow us to bond as players and a staff while playing games, giving back and seeing some incredible sites. Senegal has some breathtaking areas and a very powerful history, while Italy will give our players an opportunity to see some of the world's most beautiful art, museums and architecture."
FSU will face Senegal's national team in Dakar on Aug. 8-9, before taking on the Italian Select team in Florence on Aug. 13 and the Chemcats Chemnitz in Lecco, Italy on Aug. 15.
In Senegal, the Seminoles will take part in community service projects at an orphanage and give a skills clinic in Dakar. Additionally, the team will tour historic Gorée Island and go on a Safari at the Bandia Animal Park while in Senegal.
In Italy, the FSU group is expected to visit the Academia Gallery in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio bridge, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and Lake Como.
The Academia Gallery features original art from Michelangelo, while Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence - built in 1345. FSU will take a cable railway through the Italian Alps over Lake Como. The Noles are also scheduled to visit the Santa Maria delle Grazie, home of da Vinci's "The Last Supper."
Every four years NCAA teams are allowed to make a summer foreign tour trip. These trips provide student-athletes the opportunity to visit parts of the world they've never seen before and experience brand-new cultures, while facing diverse competition in preparation for the upcoming season.
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