Wojta Reflects Upon Experience with USA Basketball
The third game was against a team called Santos. This was a well fought game as well, but we lost by eleven. Our last game went way better than all the rest against the Rio Soul All Stars. We had a great performance in our last game and ended up winning by twenty eight points. Overall, we didn’t have the record I was hoping for, but I feel like I gained valuable experience that will only benefit me at Bethel. This was a great trip not only for the basketball, but for the experiences I had with all my teammates on the days we didn’t have a game. We toured the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and went to the Sugarloaf Mountain. From both of these spots, one can overlook Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Beach, and Guanabara Bay.
A good part of the highlights I had on this trip were with the locals and people I met off of the court. Our hotel was right on Copacabana Beach, so we spent a lot of time playing various games against the locals. Some included football, soccer volleyball, and a lot of beach soccer. Overall, this trip did a great job combining the value of sports and culture together to make a lifetime full of relationships and memories.