Basketball Travelers Inc., in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health of the Virgin Islands, the Department of Tourism and the Virgin Islands Basketball Association, announced the company’s first summer overseas tour to St. Croix. The University of Missouri-Kansas City women’s basketball team will compete on the island against the USVI national team from August 4th to 10th and immerse themselves in the beautiful island culture.
âWith our longstanding relationship with the USVI, one of Basketball Travelers’ most important roles is to help the area grow through sport. The Paradise Jam was the cornerstone of that mission, but now we want to go further, âsaid Nels Hawkinson, executive director of Basketball Travelers. “Strengthening the sports scene on St. Croix has been on our radar for a long time and we are very pleased to be able to make this a reality.”
Basketball Travelers Inc. (BTI) has over 20 years of experience in the islands, hosts the Paradise Jam Division I college basketball tournament every November, and has been running St. Thomas summer tours since 2017. Coupling St. Croix as a new option for college programs to see the area is a brand new opportunity to gain more opportunities in the sport.
“The Board of Directors and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Basketball Travelers Inc. and the UMKC Women’s Basketball Team,” said VIBF President Earl Baker. âWe see this opportunity not only as a stepping stone to the readiness of our national teams, but also as the beginning of relationships that will help grow and be beneficial to all as we continue to play basketball in the Virgin Islands and of course as a whole expand. “World.”
Given the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 in the area, the excursion and games – which will be played at St. Croix Educational Complex High School – have been granted special permission from the Department of Health and all members of the tour group will be following guidelines for St. Croix . Fans are not allowed to participate in the games due to the COVID-19 protocols.
Off the pitch, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) will spend its time enjoying St. Croix’s beautiful beaches, exploring scenic Buck Island, and finally team chemistry for next season in one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful destinations build up.
“I am pleased that the USVI is taking another step in sports tourism with the upcoming games between the UMKC and the USVI women’s team,” said USVI Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte. “Women’s basketball may have found its summer home.”
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