TAMPA - The University of South Florida men's basketball team has been chosen to represent the United States in the 2010 Pan American University Championships August 8-15 in Brazil.
The Bulls are one of eight countries participating in the Pan Am Games in Salvador, Brazil, this summer.
"It's an honor for our basketball program to represent the United States in this international event," said Coach Stan Heath. "This also is a great opportunity for our team to compete against some of the best players in the world and prepare our team for the upcoming season. I want to thank Doug Woolard [USF Director of Athletics] and Nels Hawkinson [Executive Director of BTI Events] for working diligently to make this happen for USF basketball."
Wearing USA uniforms, the Bulls will take 12 players to Brazil to play in five international games using FIBA rules. USF's first game will be on August 9.
The eight-team event will be played in Salvador, Brazil. Salvador is located in Northeastern Brazil on a small, triangular peninsula that separates Santos Bay from the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Currently seven of the eight teams have confirmed their participation. Competing against the US delegation from USF are Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, U.S. Virgin Islands, Netherlands Antilles and Uruguay.
This is the inaugural year of the Pan American University Championship. The event will be hosted by the Pan American University Sport Federation (ODUPA) and was organized by International University Sports Federation (FISU). FISU was founded in 1949 and its main responsibility is the supervision of both Summer and Winter Universiades (World University Games) as well as the World University Championships (WUC). The team is being sponsored by the United States International University Sports Federation (US-IUSF), which is the official representative and governing body for the United States in all FISU events.
BTI Events and the US-IUSF have been working together to secure U.S. participation in FISU events. See http://btievents.net/ for more information.
Stay tuned to GoUSFBulls.com for more information about the events, as well as travel options for the 2010 Pan American University Championships.