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Dula, Smith Reflect on International Experience

Brian Smith and Justin Dula in Ireland

Men's basketball student-athletes Justin Dula and Brian Smith recently returned from a 10-day trip through Ireland as members of a select USA team through USA Athletes International that played contests throughout the country. The Irish Roots Basketball Tour included stops in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, and Belfast. The team went 5-0.

"My experience playing in Ireland was incredible!" said Dula. "Being able to visit another country had always been on my bucket list and this summer I was fortunate enough to do that while playing basketball. As a player, I believe that this experience helped me become more assertive on the court. Playing with and against elite players really brought the best out of my game. I am looking forward to getting back on campus this fall for my junior year!"

"We played a physical team in each city as well as visiting popular tourist destinations such as the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, and the Jamerson Distillery," noted Smith. "It was a great experience and I made some new lifelong friends and memories!"

USA Athletes International, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving amateur athletes and coaches the opportunity to participate in international Olympic-style sporting events throughout the world, while also allowing them to broaden their educational and cultural knowledge of the world through the experience. USAAI has been participating in international competition since 1992.