Jan. 13, 2012
WASHINGTON - When the Georgetown University men's basketball traveled to China this past summer, it was in part to visit and learn more about another culture.
On Friday at McDonough Arena, the Hoyas were able to welcome visitors from China, as Hoyas Head Coach John Thompson III met with the basketball team from the Nanyang Model School during the team's tour of the United States.
Located in Shanghai, Nanyang Model School is the institution where former NBA all-star Yao Ming played while growing up in China, The team came to the United States earlier this month through the efforts of Joe Cooley, who met the team's coach while working there. Cooley's two sons, Sean (SFS'91) and Brian (C'94), both played lacrosse at Georgetown.
Cooley made arrangements through the Georgetown Athletics Department for the team to visit with Thompson and to see McDonough Arena
After visiting China this summer, when the Hoyas toured both Beijing and Shanghai, Thompson was very pleased to be able to welcome the Chinese team at Georgetown.
"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 has played three games in the United States already, first against Cathedral Prep in Erie, Pa., against Williamsport High School in Williamsport, Pa. and against St. Joseph's in Buffalo, N.Y. They are scheduled to play The Field School on Friday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.