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Cougars On Campus For Foreign Tour Prep

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The Azusa Pacific men’s basketball team began preparations for a foreign exhibition tour to Costa Rica later this month.

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August 14, 2014
Joe Reinsch

AZUSA, Calif. -- In preparation for its first-ever foreign exhibition tour, the Azusa Pacific men’s basketball team returned to the Southern California campus to begin summer practices before traveling to Costa Rica for ministry and service opportunities along with three exhibition games against teams from the nation’s Liga de Baloncesto Superior (LBS) league.

The NCAA allow its member schools to participate in a foreign tour once every four years, and the first half of the Cougars’ 19-day itinerary includes practices on the court along with ministry opportunities within the surrounding community. After 10 days in Los Angeles, head coach Justin Leslie takes his team to Costa Rica, where the schedule for the Cougars’ 12 returning players includes ministry opportunities and basketball clinics for local children in conjunction with three exhibition games taking place in Escazú, Grecia, and San Ramón.

“This trip is about way more than basketball for us,” Leslie said. “What happens on the court is just a small part of what Cougar Basketball represents. This trip is an amazing opportunity for our players and coaches to represent Christ, scholarship, community, and service, which are the four cornerstones Azusa Pacific is built on. I can’t wait for the growth and development that awaits our players and coaches on this 19-day journey.”

The Azusa Pacific Athletics website will have a tour summary including game recaps, and daily Facebook updates from the team will be available on the Cougar Basketball fan page at: