Excitement Mounts for Clark and Teammates as Trip to China Draws Near
July 25, 2011
WASHINGTON - For Georgetown University senior men's basketball player Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell), the summer of 2011 has been pretty standard.
Like many of his teammates, he has been on campus taking summer classes and working out as they prepare for the coming 2011-12 season. But Clark and his 12 teammates have something else in store this summer, a trip none of them have ever experienced.
When the Hoyas depart on Saturday, Aug. 13 for an historic trip to China, it will be the first time out of the country for many of them, including Clark.
"This is an unusual trip," Clark said during an interview recently. "I've never been out of the country. This will be the first time. It'll be a great experience to see something outside of the United States and to experience a different culture.
"It's pretty amazing that it's just a couple of weeks away. We've been talking about this trip since the coaches told us we were going."
Throughout the summer, Clark and his teammates have been going through many of the steps any traveler goes through when planning a trip.
"We've all had to get our passports and Visas done, so I think we're all ready from that aspect," Clark said. "I think the fans will be very excited too. I know I've heard from a lot of people just around here on campus and they are all saying what a great experience it will be."
Along with his teammates, Clark has been learning some simple Chinese phrases to get them by and they've also taken the time to read about some of the places and sites they will see.
"It's going to be great to experience something new and getting a chance to see a different culture," Clark said. "I know that it's a lot different from the States but we're looking forward to getting the chance to sight-see. I'm looking forward to seeing places like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City."
Clark, along with Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph), is one of only two seniors on the Hoyas roster this year, so sight-seeing will not be the only thing the team will experience.
"We have five new freshmen, so we're a really young team," Clark said. "The chance to get out of the country and be together is going to help how we perform on the court, but to also develop our friendships too."
More than anything, Clark is excited about the chance to represent his school.
"I don't know a ton about the teams we're going to be playing, but I've heard all of the Chinese teams are very good and I'm sure we'll have good competition," he said. "It's a new experience. You can't put it into words and it's not something everyone gets to experience. I'm excited about wearing the Georgetown name across my chest."