– The Georgetown University women's basketball team had a busy summer all over the globe. Here are a few of the exciting things the team did over break preparing for the 2018-19 season.
Head Coach James Howard
Mock NCAA Tournament Selection
Howard was invited to the NCAA Tournament Mock Selection at the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. He joined coaches, administrators and media members in learning the ins and outs of the selection process.
"Attending the NCAA Mock Selection exercise gave me great insight in terms of what the committee takes into consideration when determining the field of 64. RPI, strength of schedule and how your team finishes out the season seemed to be determining factors in this process for the remaining at large bids. Attending this exercise will assist in putting together a very competitive and attractive schedule each year."
Assistant Coach Andre Bolton
Minority Coaches Series
Bolton was selected to attend the NCAA Minority Coaches Series which partnered with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association to help minority coaches advance in the field.
"It was one of best professional development experiences I've ever had. The knowledge that was given to us and personal intimacy of the small group was a first for me. For it to be the second year of the Minority Coaches Series I truly learned what is going to take to become a head coach someday.
Assistant Coach Erin Dickerson
Sports Envoy Program in Benin
Dickerson worked with Sports Diplomacy taking a trip to Benin located in Africa for the Sports Envoy Program. There she hosted clinics for local youth, held leadership workshops, performed engagement, community outreach and taught female empowerment. Follow GUHoyas.com for a closer look at her adventures overseas.
Director of Basketball Operations Steve Yang
Teamworks Basketball Leadership Committee
Yang was part of the inaugural Teamworks Basketball Leadership Committee. The group was made up of 11 members selected among the Teamworks partners. Yang and the committee helped shape the future of student-athlete engagement and developed best practices throughout the athletics industry focusing specifically on basketball.
"The Teamworks Basketball Leadership Committee provides an opportunity for us to help enhance the future of our student-athletes and I am honored to be a part of this elite group."
Graduate Assistant DiDi Burton
NCAA Career in Sports Forum
Burton was one of 200 honorees selected to attend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis. This four-day forum is designed to assist student-athletes in charting their career paths, as well as provide an opportunity to network and learn from current athletics professionals.
Studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain
spent June in Barcelona in Spain's Catalonia region taking coursework with professors from both Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and ESADE (Escuela Superior de Administracion y Direccion de Empresas), one of the world's most prestigious schools for business and management.
Volunteered at Experience Camps
Kimball volunteered at Experience Camps where she mentored young girls and taught basketball skills along with modeling perseverance and remaining positive. Experience Camps are free one-week camps for boys and girls who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. It's a place where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, remember the person who died or forget the grief that weighs them down. Kimball was able to work with both the boys and the girls and even recognized her teammates and any loss they had suffered during camp reflection.
Various Team Members
Team members that stayed on campus to take classes had a number of opportunities to volunteer and mentor local middle school students. The players received training in mentorship from The Grassroot Project and worked with the youth.