It is a little over two months away before the Rainbow Warrior basketball team embarks on a trip of a lifetime to Australia. But besides playing in games, head coach Eran Ganot says that they will take the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture.
The 10-day abroad tour, running from August 8-18 will include visits to Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, and Sydney with the ‘Bows playing an exhibition game in each city. This will be the first foreign tour since going to Asia back in 2011, and Ganot's first time travelling abroad with the team.
“While we do have games, and practices among other things there will be quite a bit of unique experiences that will be provided including a visit to the Sydney Zoo and an opportunity to watch an Australian Rules football game," Ganot said in an email interview.
The Rainbow Wahine basketball team will also depart on their first foreign tour to Australia and New Zealand around the same time as the 'Bows.
But before that, the 'Bows are utilizing the off-season to squeeze in as many workouts and practices in. The team is also hosting their annual basketball camps this week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be a shooting clinic on June 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well.
The second and final 2018 #HawaiiMBB Summer Camp is coming up!— HAWAII BASKETBALL (@HawaiiMBB) June 19, 2018
Camp: Monday, June 25- Thursday, 28
Shooting Clinic:: Friday, June 29
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“Youth camp is always a blast, a lot of fundamental work, great energy, and always great to have the opportunity to work with the great kids we have here in Hawaiʻi,” Ganot said.
This will be the fourth year that coach Ganot and his staff have run their annual basketball summer camps, and they look forward to meeting new kids as well as seeing how well the past campers have improved. The camp strectches far beyond just basketball skills, the kids are taught how to be responsable and respectful kids.
“We usually start camp with a talk about graditude,” Ganot said. “We are all so very blessed here in Hawaiʻi."
The camp is run by the coaching staff, but if the players are lucky, they may be able to learn from some current and past Rainbow Warrior players players.
“We are fortunate to have had great young men and future leaders who take great pride in giving back,” Ganot said.