ATLANTA – Coming off a memorable 2017-18 season, the Georgia State men’s basketball team will make an international tour to Spain this summer with multiple goals in mind.
The Panthers will depart Atlanta on a nine-day trip beginning July 31 and returning home on August 8. As per allowable under NCAA rules, Georgia State will play multiple games against international competition while in Madrid and Barcelona. The Panthers last played international competition four years ago when in Costa Rica.
Also as a part of the trip, the squad will take part in multiple shoe distributions with Samaritan’s Feet. Head coach Ron Hunter has led groups every other year since his arrival at Georgia State to South Africa, Costa Rica and most recently the Dominican Republic to distribute shoes and hope with the organization.
During the trip, members of the team will also enjoy two of the finest cities in Spain as multiple tours and excursions will be a part of the overseas trip.
“This is another great opportunity for our coaching staff, student-athletes and our program on so many levels,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Several of the players on the team were able to go to the Dominican Republic with us two years ago and we saw how it changed their lives. To be able to do another trip like this while supporting Samaritan’s Feet, an organization near and dear to me will be special.”
Hunter has become one of the faces of the organization and will be making his ninth trip abroad since 2008 when he was first approached by Samaritan’s Feet. Since the organization was founded by Manny and Tracie Ohonme in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet has distributed close to 10 million pairs of shoes throughout the world.
This will mark the fifth time that Hunter has brought his team on a trip like this and fourth while at GSU, and second time playing games.
“It is good for our guys to see different styles of basketball and they will definitely get that in Spain,” Hunter said. “Spain is known for having some of the best basketball outside of the United States and has produced some great players over the years. After our eight weeks of summer practice, I think it will be a great opportunity for our guys to play against someone else.”
Georgia State is coming off a remarkable 24-11 season that ended with a Sun Belt Conference Championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four years.
Samaritan’s Feet and its team of global ambassadors have touched the lives of men, women, and children across the United States and around the world in an effort to help the nearly 300 million people who go without shoes each day. Through this simple act of humility and servant-leadership, the Samaritan’s Feet and their volunteers hope to express love, compassion and hope to children around the world.
Supporters will be able to follow Georgia State on his trip to Spain with planned blog updates and social media posts throughout the trip.