Siena Women's Basketball Team Excited for Trip to Cuba

August 09, 2017 11:53 PM

In a time when Cuba just recently opened their border to the United States, the Siena Women’s Basketball program is capitalizing to go on an international tour. The Saints will go on the Cuba International Tour from Aug. 14-20. Fans will also have the opportunity to join in on this once in a lifetime experience.

During the tour, the student-athletes and staff with begin in the capital city of Havana, known for its Spanish colonial architecture. While taking time in Havana, student-athletes will be able to grasp Cuban life, culture and customs, while also having the opportunity to visit the port entryway where 1950s American-made cars line the streets. The tour will include the National Capitol Building which is an iconic 1920s landmark.

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Siena will then visit Havana Club and visit a Cigar Store/Factory as well as a visit to the Rum Museum of Havana Club. Havana Club rum was created in Cuba in 1934 and is now one of the best selling rum brands in the world. The brand was nationalized after the Cuban Revolution of 1959. Siena will then be a part of their first game of the trip against the Cuban National Team. The Cuban Women’s National Basketball Team most recently took gold in 2013 in the FIBA Americas Championship

On the third day of the trip, the Saints will begin their day by learning salsa from professional Cuban salsa dancer. Salsa dancing in Cuba goes back to the decadent days of Old Havana when all the action in town would go down at the casinos. The casinos had the money to bring in big name bands so that’s where people would go to dance. After learning the art of the Cuban salsa, Siena will put on a clinic for students from the Sports Institute. After the clinic, the Saints will play in their second game of the trip.

A children’s clinic will again be put on before the Saints travel to visit Almacenes San Jose Artisans’ Market. The market is a cultural center with art exhibitions, theatrical performances and the handicraft on sale. The market is one of the most visited cultural and commercial complexes in Havana. They will conclude their day playing in their third and final contest of the trip.

After the final game is played, the Saints will travel to Varadero Beach. Varadero covers Cuba’s narrow Hicacos Peninsula and is a popular beach resort town. Near the eastern tip of the peninsula is Reserva Ecologica Varahicacos, a preserve with trails and an ancient burial cave. The Saints can even head to Parque Josone which is a park with a pond and gardens along the peninsula.

On their final day of the trip, Siena will get to take in everything they have experienced over the last five days prior. The Saints can remember all of the cultural and educational experiences they had throughout their journey in Cuba before heading back to the Capital District.


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