SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - For the first time in the history of the program, the Missouri State men's basketball team will take a summer international trip when the Bears embark on a seven-day foreign tour of Costa Rica, Aug. 7-13. The trip will combine practice and a series of exhibition games with a unique cultural experience for the student-athletes. And, thanks to a generous donor, the trip expenses will be completely covered with private funds.
Head coach Paul Lusk said the trip not only keeps Missouri State on par with some of the nation's top programs, but will provide the players a unique educational opportunity.
"From the standpoint of recruiting and keeping us competitive on a national level, this is monumental for our program," Lusk said. "There are obvious competitive advantages a trip like this provides -- getting to practice together in the summer, playing good international opponents and giving our team a chance to begin bonding. But, the bigger picture is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience. It's an opportunity that supports our University's statewide mission in public affairs and reflects our program goal to develop well-rounded student-athletes."