LANCASTER, Pa. – The Central American country of Costa Rica is known for its tropical year-round climate, rich variety of plants and animals, diverse culture and lush rain forests. This Friday, the Franklin & Marshall College men's basketball team will begin taking it all in at the start of a six-day adventure that will run through Wednesday, Oct. 15.
This year's trip marks the fourth time Head Coach Glenn Robinson has taken the Diplomats overseas and the first time the team has traveled to Central America. Alumni and parent donations to the men's basketball program through the Diplomat Athletic Club made the trip possible.
In addition to taking in the many sights and sounds of the picturesque country, the Diplomats will host a basketball clinic for disadvantaged Costa Rican youth, and compete in three games against local teams.
The squad will jump right into action, taking part in its first game on Saturday against a local all-star team.
On Sunday, the Diplomats take on San Ramon, one of the top professional teams in Costa Rica. The game should prove to be a memorable one for F&M as former Diplomat Georgio Milligan '12 starts at point guard for San Ramon. Milligan graduated from F&M as the most decorate player in school history and the program's all-time leading scorer.
After the game, the team will make the journey to the rural city of La Fortuna, home to the Arenal Volcano, which last erupted in 1968, and Baldi Resort Hot Springs, the largest naturally-heated hot springs in the world. In the evening, the coaches and players will explore 25 natural pools and waterfalls, plus three waterslides.
Before departing La Fortuna, the team will zip line over waterfalls and through the rainforest canopy on a tour that includes visits to an indigenous Costa Rican tribe, as well as views of the volcano from platforms that extend hundreds of feet off the ground. The squad returns to San Jose for a shoot around followed by the third and final game of the trip.
On the final day of the adventure, the team will visit Avenida Central, a pedestrian mall in the heart of San Jose. After visiting the National Church, Theater, and Central Market, the athletes will work in small groups to host a basketball clinic for disadvantaged Costa Rican youth.