CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Rashawn Thomas, Islander basketball player and Business Management major, will have an adventure of a lifetime as he travels to New Zealand from July 24 to August 14. Thomas and nine other players from colleges around the nation will attend the trip for a summer tour as part of Athletes in Action.
“I’m extremely excited to go to a new country,” said Thomas. “I can’t wait to meet new people and my new teammates.”
Athletes in Action is a religious sports organization based in Ohio. The organization holds several sports camps and training programs throughout the year to enrich the lives of those athletes taking part in them.
Thomas says he heard about the New Zealand tour when taking part in the Captains Academy, another Athletes in Action program.
“My teammates and coaches from the Captains Academy were the ones who told me about it,” said Thomas. “They convinced me to give it a try.”
The New Zealand tour will begin in Los Angeles, CA where Thomas will attend a five day training camp after which Thomas and the team will travel to New Zealand. The training camp will allow the athletes to prepare for upcoming games and the cross-cultural experience they will have while out of the country.
“We’re probably going to practice a few simple exercises and plays to begin developing some chemistry during the training camp,” said Thomas. “It’s a great way to learn about your teammates.”
While in New Zealand, Thomas will play against other university and club teams as well as the New Zealand Breakers, a professional men’s basketball team, which competes in the National Basketball League.
Thomas says he doesn’t have any special plans for the trip yet.
“I’m going to take each day one at a time,” said Thomas. “I’ll also talk to my coaches and teammates to ask for the best places to visit while in New Zealand.”
Thomas has set many records during his time as an Islander basketball player. He is ranked in the Top 10 in Islander history in 15 out of the 22 recorded categories, including points, rebounds and blocked shots. He had one of the top freshman seasons and during his junior year, Thomas earned All-Conference, All-District and Mid-Major All-America honors.
To learn more about the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi men’s basketball team, visit http://www.goislanders.com/sports/mbkb/index.