BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland men's basketball will take a seven-day trip to Montreal, Quebec, and play five exhibition games against Canadian universities and club teams this month, an opportunity that has been funded through externally raised sources.
"We are very fortunate to have supporters of our program who have externally-funded this trip that will be a tremendous cultural and basketball opportunity for our team," Smith said. "Because of their dedication to being student-athletes, most of our players do not experience study-abroad trips like over half of Loyola students do, but this trip will give them that opportunity in world-renowned cities."
The Greyhounds will compete against four Canadian Interuniveristy Sport teams - University du Quebec a Montreal, Universite Laval, McGill University and Concordia University - and a club team, Brookwood Elite, during their trek north.
"This trip has afforded us the opportunity to bring our players in early for practices, and with five newcomers to the program, it is a great opportunity to get players in-sync with each other on and off the court," Smith said. "We also will be playing some top Canadian teams, so both of these things will be great as we grow together and learn about ourselves as a team."
While in Montreal, the team will experience the most European-like city in North America while learning about the Franco-Canadian culture.
The Greyhounds will tour two of the world's most visited shrines, Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal and Notre Dame Basilica, in Montreal early in the trip before departing for Quebec City on the Saint Lawrence River. This former fortified city that was founded in the early 17th century boasts a beautiful Old City where the team will spend part of its day.
Back in Montreal, the Greyhounds will also tour Parc Olympique, site of the 1976 Olympic Games, Old Montreal, Saint Joseph's Oratory and Mount Royal Park and Champs de Mars.
"We know that other NCAA teams who have toured this area have been thrilled with the experiences their players have in Montreal and Quebec City," said Smith. "The cities have a great mix of European styles and North American conveniences that we think our guys are going to enjoy."