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Georgetown hosts Chinese high school team

Posted on: January 13, 2012 2:32 pm
The Hoyas took the extra effort to repair the image and relationship between American and Chinese basketball this week. (AP)

By Matt Norlander

In the midst of a surprisingly good campaign, Georgetown hoops didn't need to do this. Didn't need the PR or the reminder of what happened last summer with the Bayi Rockets. But Georgetown's claimed all along that fight marred, only temporarily, what was an incredible trip. There were games after the fight, games that started and ended without a problem.

Seems the Hoyas are doing their best to make their team synonymous with good global diplomacy, as they hosted a high school team from China this week. USA Today's Nicole Auerbach reported Georgetown was a planned stop for Nanyang Model High School. Perhaps it was in an effort to -- I guess "ease tensions" is too strong a phrase so I'll go with -- relax the relationship between American and Chinese hoops. A small but meaningful meet-up.

The Chinese players took photos with [Georgetown coach John] Thompson [III], and they also received pins and Georgetown T-shirts from the coach. More than most, Thompson understands and appreciates foreigners welcoming a basketball team with open arms and helping them explore a new culture.

"We had a great experience over there, the time we were in Beijing and Shanghai," Thompson said. "Part of that, above and beyond the basketball component is the cultural exchange, learning about their culture.

"This team is coming over here for a couple of games, and they contacted us. We just wanted to welcome them here and show them a little bit of Georgetown."

The team is from Shanghai and in fact is the same school where Yao Ming played ball when he was a young, sprite 160 centimeters or so. According to the trip organizer, Joe Cooley, this kind of host-and-play trip is the first of its kind for a Chinese high school team. It's also made stops in Chicago, Buffalo and Pennsylvania. They're also heading up to see a Knicks game this weekend, according to Auerbach's article.

Good on Georgetown, who plays at St. John's Sunday.

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Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:42 pm

Georgetown hosts Chinese high school team

I'm guessing that the Chinese team "rost"...

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:07 pm

Georgetown hosts Chinese high school team

JT 111 and GTOWN should be commended for having CLASS.  hosting the Chinese Higschoolers here shows the quality and sportmanship of the University and the GTOWN Program, hopefully the Chinese ARMY Basketball team will take notice and the stories and gifts that these Highschoolers will bring back home will drive home that point. KUDOS to GTOWN for showing the WORLD how to behave when you are the HOST.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:00 pm

Georgetown hosts Chinese high school team

I wonder if the Hoyas are going to take the Chinese team for a field trip to Barry Farms in SE....

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