ATLANTA – Coming off a memorable 2017-18 season and successful eight weeks of summer practice, the Georgia State men’s basketball team leave for a nine-day international tour to Spain on Tuesday.


The Panthers will depart Atlanta on an overnight flight to Spain, landing in Madrid on Wednesday morning. Georgia State will spend the day adjusting to the six-hour time change with a little bit of sight-seeing of Madrid scheduled.


“Our guys are really looking forward to the trip to Spain,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “After eight weeks of practice, I think they are hungry to play against someone else to see how far we have come this summer. It will also be an educational experience for our guys, most of which have never been to Europe. We have planned excursions for them to see all that two incredible cities have to offer.”


On Thursday morning the Panthers are scheduled to practice before spending the afternoon seeing more of Madrid. On Friday Georgia State will play the first of three games overseas squaring off against the Madrid All Stars at 1:30 p.m. ET (7:30 CEST).


The team will leave Madrid on Saturday morning to fly to Barcelona for the remainder of the trip. Once landing in the city that hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics, the Panthers will enjoy a tour of the city.


Sunday will be the busiest day of the trip. Georgia State will participate in a shoe distribution and basketball clinic with Samaritan’s Feet in the morning. After a tour of Sagranda Famila Basilica, the Panthers will face the Mataro All Star Team at 2 p.m. ET (8:00 p.m. CEST).


“This is the first time Samaritan’s Feet has done a shoe distribution in Spain,” Hunter said. “We are looking forward to distributing a lot of shoes and hope to some young children. As with all of the trips we take, this will be the most special part as it is about changing the lives of children.”


After a morning tour on Monday, Aug. 6, the Panthers will play their final game of the international tour that night squaring off against Barcelona Select at 2 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CEST).


Tuesday, Aug. 7, will serve as the last day of the trip and will see the Panthers head to the Mediterranean Sea before flying home on Wednesday, Aug. 8.


Georgia State last played international competition four years ago in Costa Rica. During that trip, along with a trip to the Dominican Republic two years ago, the Panthers did multiple shoe distributions with Samaritan’s Feet.


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 forth 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.”


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.


Supporters will be able to follow Georgia State on his trip to Spain with planned blog updates, video highlights and social media posts throughout the trip.