By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications
September 17, 2012, VICTORIA – On Sept. 21 the University of Victoria men's basketball team will travel up island to the Comox Valley to camp out for a night at Mark Isfeld Secondary School. This is the third annual visit to the school, where the whole team will stay in the classrooms, cook meals in the cafeteria, work-out in the weight room and practice and play an inter-squad game on Sept. 22 – all in the name of promoting basketball in the Comox Valley and doing a bit of team-building along the way.
Ross McDonald, former Vike and current Mark Isfeld Secondary basketball coach and teacher, has organized the trip the past two seasons. The trip offers a great opportunity for the upper Island basketball community to see some of the CIS' best basketball players in action. The team practices will open for spectators but the inter-squad game on Sept. 22 will be the showcase event, providing the students of Mark Isfeld and various other community groups the chance to witness Vikes varsity basketball in action.
Vikes men's basketball head coach Craig Beaucamp looks to use the retreat weekend for players to get to know one another, as well as to promote the sport.
"We like doing something up island," said Beaucamp. "The Vikes are only as strong as basketball is on the Island and we want to help foster the sport. It also brings us closer together as a team. It's important for a new team to get away as a group early in the season and to work on team cohesion. We always try to fit in something non-basketball and this year we're going dragon boat racing. The team practices together for two hours a day and then go their separate ways, it'll be good for them to work on team building."
The Vikes leave for Comox Sept. 21 and will play an inter-squad game at Mark Isfeld on the night of Sept. 22. Their next pre-season game will be during UVic's 50th Anniversary and Homecoming Weekend on Sept. 28 at 8:00 p.m. against the UVic alumni. For full schedule and results: CLICK HERE.