August 19, 2005

MIT Basketball Wraps Up Eventful Week in China

Aug. 19, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Every summer, teenagers from both China and America gather in Shanghai to participate in the annual Crossover Sports Summer Basketball Camp. The week-long camp, which focuses on cultural education, advanced basketball skills and international communication was run by players and the coaching staff of MIT's varsity basketball squad.

Shanghai's Crossover Sports Basketball Camp (SCBC) enables teenagers from all over the world to acquire new skills, develop teamwork and share in cross-cultural experiences, while using elite education methods to help better prepare students for the future. This year's camp ran from August 8-12.

"The camp was definitely a success," noted assistant coach Oliver Eslinger. "Meeting the kids, learning a new language, and offering new concepts in American-style basketball to an overly enthusiastic and receptive group were just a few of the highlights."

In addition to running the camp, MIT conducted three separate clinics during the week. Offering their thoughts on executing the quick pace of the American game and introducing relatively new ideas like man-to-man pressure defense, MIT conducted its first clinic to a packed room of middle and high school coaches in the Shanghai area. Another clinic put MIT's theories to the test as local players and coaches participated in numerous drills designed to sharpen their game. The Engineers offered a final clinic to players and coaches of their counterpart in higher education, the Shanghai Institute of Technology before heading home.

"The international experience gave us an opportunity to bond as a coaching staff and develop an important chemistry among our seniors," said head coach Larry Anderson. "Using basketball as a vehicle, we were able to break through cultural barriers with tremendous success. I would like to thank MIT alum Ron Cao and the other members of the SCBC for providing us with a very rewarding opportunity."

The Shanghai Crossover Sports Company was founded to be a part of the growth of sports in China by focusing on using sports as a platform for teaching and learning life skills. By encouraging teenagers to imagine, they will be on their way to building self-confidence, understanding sportsmanship and learning how to make a difference in society.