The day started out with a phone call at 7:00 am telling us that our 11:00 am game was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. (Leaving CUNY with a 2-2 record on the trip) Instead, we headed to Marcello Miranda s school to do a clinic with some less fortunate children. These children worked on shooting and ball handling with our staff and student-athletes. After the demonstration the children scrimmaged to the oohs and ahs of the CUNY goodwill group. What an experience for these children and our student-athletes! Having the opportunity to work with these children really touched our hearts , said Nichola Hall (New York City Technical College). Marcello stated, We are very fortunate and grateful to have people like yourselves come here and help these children. I know that you all have made a difference in at least one of these children s lives. Thank you and we will miss you.
Following our clinic the players went to the mall with Coach Bostic and Trainer Diane Torres. It was now shop til you drop. The players and staff members bought many gifts to take home. These student-athletes said, They wished things were this inexpensive back home.
At about 5pm we were on our way to the plaza to finish off any shopping that was missed. As we strolled the plaza, Gonzalo Troya (Director Sports and Recreation in Quito) informed us that the mayor of Quito would not be showing up for dinner. Dinner was great and Zak presented Gonzalo with a plaque for all his hospitality in Quito. Rob Coleman stated, Long hours of hard-work and dedication were put into this trip. He thanked all the coaches, Athletic directors and players for making this happen. After dinner we went back to the hotel and presented Marcello Miranda and Grace Yepez the CUNY basketballs signed by everyone on the tour. This was a token of our appreciation considering they spent countless hours trying to make this trip an enjoyable experience.