On December 7th, the Men’s Basketball team departed Dayton for a 4 day 2 game road trip to the East Coast. Nothing out of the ordinary for a college basketball team to travel during the break, but this trip had a little different flavor. Four days on the East Coast with a group of young men in which most of them were making their first trip to the Nations Capitol.
The team arrived in Philadelphia late Monday night in preparation for a non-conference match up against the University of Pennsylvania JV team on Tuesday. This was not going to be just a regular non-conference game against a JV team, this opponent was from the Ivy League and the game was played in the famed Palestra (Home of the Big Five).
The 79-58 win over the Penn JV Quakers moved the season record to 7-1. The win also represented the 100th coaching win at Sinclair for Head Coach Jeff Price. At the end of the game, Penn presented Coach Price with the game ball in honor of his accomplishment
After a post game meal downtown, the Pride returned to the Palestra to catch the first half of the Univ of Albany – Univ of Penn Varsity game before heading down to Washington, DC.
Wednesday morning came early for the team as our first stop of the day was at Arlington National Cemetery for the 9am changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown.
After the changing of the Guard, the team visited the grave sites of boxer Joe Louis, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Senator Ted Kennedy, Senator Robert Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy. Before departing Arlington, some of the team found their way up to the Arlington House and a few of the team found a few grave sites of the Tuskegee Airmen.
As the day started to clear up from the morning rain, the team got some off day conditioning in by climbing the stairs at the Lincoln Memorial.
Within site of Arlington, the Lincoln Memorial was the next stop for the Pride. The Lincoln Memorial was not the only reward for climbing the stairs. At the top of the stairs right before you enter the monument, the team found a marker for the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr gave his “I have a dream” speech. As the team started to depart for the next stop, they spent time at the Korean War Memorial.
Keeping with the basketball theme of the trip, the team found out that the Supreme Court is not the highest court in the land. Directly above the court room, a basketball court for the Clerks and Justices to work out during down time.
Finding it’s way down the Mall, the team had an appointment with the U.S. Supreme Court. One of the few times you can enter the Supreme Court Courtroom, the Pride had an up close and personal lecture about the Court with questions and answers.
Right across the street from the Supreme Court, the U.S. Capitol Building was the next stop. This was the first time members of the team had any kind of close interactions with members of the Secret Service and the Capitol Police. Inside the Capitol, we were very luck to get to spend a little time with Congressman Steve Austria from the 7th District. He spent time talking with the team individually and then gave them the story on the Lady Freedom Statue that tops the Capitol.
While inside the Capitol, the team watched a 13 minute video on the history of the building and took a tour of the Capitol, which include both the Senate and House along with a stop in the Rotunda.
As the team toured the sites of the Capitol City, they found themselves becoming one of the attractions. A group of elementary school kids found the team to be very large and a little more interesting than the 100 year old statues in the Rotunda of the Capitol.
Being so close to the working government, this was the first time we had an opportunity to talk with agents and Capitol Police. The outside Guards on the Senate side were extremely pleasant and communicated well with the team, even though they did have loaded weapons.
Throughout the visit, the Pride encountered members of the U.S. Secret Service. During the White House tour, we were able to talk with the agents. This interaction sparked some communications about career opportunities inside the agency. Thus, we will have invited a local Agent to speak to the team about any and all career opportunities after college.
As the day finished, we had one more stop before getting back on the bus for our next game. The Sinclair Community College Men’s Basketball team had a day ending tour of the White House. The excitement of getting into the most famous house in the world was as special for the team as it was for the coaches. Walking through the halls of the White House and feeling the history, was something this team will never forget.
Every three years Coach Price journeys to the Nations Capitol with the Pride as part of his PEP (Player Enhancement Program). This trip fits well into the 3-C’s (Community, Classroom, Competition) component of the overall experience of a Sinclair Student/Athlete.
Next year, the Men’s team is schedule to return to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for another game against the University of North Carolina JV team in the Dean Center. This will mark the third game in the series since Coach Price has taken over as Head Coach, the series is currently tie at 1-1.
Head Men's Basketball Coach
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