The Troy Trojans men’s basketball team will wrap up their summer training with an overseas tour to Costa Rica.
The trip to Costa Rica is designed to enrich the Trojans culturally and athletically. The basketball team arrives in San Jose, Costa Rica on July 30 for five days before spending two days in Los Sueños before returning to Troy on August 6.
Troy joins Colorado State, Pepperdine, Charlotte and Tulane on the Costa Rican tour, but due to NCAA regulations the teams won’t be allowed to play each other over the summer.
“We are extremely excited about this incredible opportunity to travel and compete in Costa Rica,” said Troy’s coach Scott Cross. “Being together in a foreign country 24 hours a day, eating every meal together, doing community service together, and having team-building events together will help our team chemistry and help us be a better basketball team- ball.”
Troy will be allowed to hold 10 full practices during the trip to Costa Rica. Additionally, Troy will face the El Salvador national team twice as well as one game against the Costa Rican All-Stars. The matches with El Salvador will take place on July 31 and August 1, while the Trojans will face Costa Rica on August 3.
“The NCAA allows teams to have 10 full practices before the overseas tour, which is a huge plus for our basketball team,” Cross said. “We will be much more advanced this year as we head into the season due to the extra training and games we will be playing in Costa Rica.”
In addition to practices and exhibition games, the Trojans will participate in various activities in an effort to emphasize team chemistry and bonding. These activities will include the organization of a basketball camp for children, zip line excursions, white water rafting and an ATV trip in the forest and on the beach of Costa Rica.
“I am very grateful and appreciate the support provided by Chancellor (Jack) Hawkins, (athletic director) Brent Jones, our Trojan donors and the entire Troy administration for making this tour a reality,” said Cross. “Our guys have worked extremely hard and I can’t wait to compete and play in Costa Rica.”