There is a basketball game in Asia being played tonight. Normally, that wouldn’t be particularly big news. The significance of this particular game between John Thompson III‘s Georgetown Hoyas and Dana Altman‘s Oregon Ducks is the fact that this is the first regular season college basketball game to be played there since 1982.
This game, which is being played in South Korea is the Armed Forces Classic which salutes men and women who have served in the military. This is a great event for a few reasons. It is good to see basketball as such a global sport and to have the college game expand to a country where it can open some eyes. It shows that NCAA basketball can be just as exciting and usually more so than professional basketball. It may inspire younger athletes in Asia to want to play college basketball. I have always found it to be more exciting than the NBA. It could very well be because a lot of these players are participating because they love the game and not for the money.
It is also a great event because both colleges are wearing camouflage uniforms to support the military. It seems that sometimes a lot of people overlook the armed forces and they don’t get enough credit for the job they do. Wearing uniforms reflecting the military is a good way to be supportive of these men and women who do so much for this country.
This game can also be a learning experience for the athletes of these two teams. They get to see that basketball really is a global sport and that there is a bigger world beyond the college that they attend. Maybe they will inspire a young person who will become the next great basketball player to come out of Asia.
The NCAA has made a lot of bad decisions recently. This is one that they actually got right.