BRAMPTON, Ont. - The Sheridan Bruins basketball programs announced today that the men's and women's teams will embark on an exhibition tour in the United States from Dec. 14-19, with stops in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC.
The Double Blue will visit the historic area immediately after the teams finish exams, and both Bruin squads will take on Hagerstown College, Northern Virginia, and Harrisburg in a series of double-header tilts. Athletic director and men's basketball head coach Jim Flack was pleased to release the dates and purpose of the tour.
"This is a wonderful chance for our teams to compete with students with whom they share a lot in common, but also have contrasting life experiences," he said. "That's always healthy, and definitely educational."
The men's team is coming off a stellar 2018-19 campaign, having claimed their 13th Ontario title and winning silver at the CCAA national championship. The women's team continues its re-build after a solid regular season that vaulted them back into the provincial tournament. However, true to the Bruin philosophy, the program will seize the educational opportunity by visiting the Smithsonian and touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Women's head coach Sean Douglas is proud of how Sheridan operates its teams, having gone on a similar tour during his own playing career.
"It's typical, and one of the reasons I am so passionate about my lifelong ties to Sheridan," he said. "It's not enough to go down there and play; the underpinning of what we do is educational. Most of our kids are of Caribbean, European, or African descent, so this is a chance to explore differences and shared experiences. The whole world has been influenced by the story and culture of African Americans. Intercollegiate sport is important, but so is perspective. It's one of the things that sets this program apart from almost any in Canada."
Sheridan's basketball profile has never been stronger and tours like this not only build the brand, but also bolster the experiences that Bruins enjoy.