NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario-After a victorious trip on the court, Austin Peay's basketball team completed its successful basketball and educational trip by stopping by Niagara Falls on its return to the United States.
The Governors visited Niagara Falls and took the Maid of the Mist Tour as the final piece that saw them tour Toronto, sponsored by Basketball Travelers, Inc. The tour began with a Toronto-Texas baseball game at the Rogers Centre, formerly known as the Skydome for a baseball game. Along the way, the Govs learned about exchange rates, cultural differences and international calling. Some visited the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.
Toronto, the largest city in Canada (population of 2.6 million people, but another 3.5 million live in the suburbs), serves as one the cultural epicenters in North America, with 143 different languages spoken.
"This was an unbelievable way to end this trip," APSU coach Dave Loos said. "There are three things we got out of this trip.
"Players got to bond well with players and coaches with players.
'Secondly, we had to a chance to evaluate our team. When we come back to practice we will know where to start. It was a good evaluation tool for us and great game experience for our players.
"Ánd finally, it was like a study-abroad mini-course for our student-athletes. It was just a great cultural experience for our players. They got to see how things are done differently. We saw things that many of us may never get a chance to see in our lifetime."