The Toledo men's basketball program embarked on a once in a lifetime trip to Greece in August 2013. The Rockets played three games during their time overseas (August 5-16) as well as getting the opportunity to take in some sightseeing at several mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece.
"This trip was designed to provide our players a tremendous cultural and educational experience, and the basketball part is truly secondary in that regard," Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk said. "Our practices this summer allowed us to introduce our three incoming freshmen to the way our program operates earlier than usual, and we can also use it as a great recruiting tool in the future."
"A trip like this gave our players and staff an opportunity to learn about each other away from the court and develop a bond that can be beneficial during our season."
Tuesday, August 6 – Arrive in Athens.
Wednesday, August 7 - Visit Epidaurus and Nafplion during morning and early afternoon: The huge theater at Epidaurus, which has delighted visitors for its symmetry and beauty, is used once again for dramatic performances. The theater was designed by Polykleitos the Younger in the 4th century BC. The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect hearing of unamplified spoken words from the stage to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.
Game vs. All Star Athens 1 in the evening.
Thursday, August 8 – Trip to Ancient Corinth where St. Paul lived and preached for two years. The remains of the city, which include the Agora (market place) and Apollos Temple (6th century B.C), clearly show how rich and important Corinth was in ancient times. Also take a short cruise through the Canal of Corinth. Few ships are able to navigate this narrow passage between mainland Greece and the Peloponnesian peninsula.
Game vs. All Star Athens 2 in the evening.
Friday, August 9 – Travel on ferry from Athens to Island of Mykonos
Saturday, August 10 thru Monday, August 12 – Remain in Mykonos for sightseeing and other activities.
Tuesday, August 13 – Travel back to Athens.
Evening game vs. Kimi SC (3rd National Division).
Wednesday, August 14 - Visit the Acropolis and the Agora. The famous Parthenon was used to store raw gold from tributary states and dedications to Athena. It is located in the Athenian Acropolis, Greece and was dedicated to the Greek goddessAthena, whom the people of Athens considered their protector. Its construction began in 449 BC and was completed in 438 BC
Thursday, August 15, 2013 - Visit Constitution Square (Syntagma) the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus Street, we will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the Presidential Palace. On our way we will see Hadrians Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. Enjoy dinner and Greek Folklore show.
Friday, August 16 – Return to Toledo