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Georgetown's Tall Guys in China

August 12, 2011

Georgetown University’s men’s basketball team is in China for ten days of pre-season warm-ups – and, who knows, maybe inspiring the next Yao Ming to do his college work with John Thompson III.

The team will visit cultural sites, participate in basketball clinics with Chinese students and play four exhibition match-ups against teams of the Chinese National Basketball Association. The players also will participate in the first-ever Nike Festival of Sport in Shanghai.

On Thursday of last week, the team joined Georgetown Board of Directors Chairman (and former NFL Commissioner) Paul Tagliabue as well as Head Coach Thompson at the U.S. Department of State for a briefing with Kin Moy, deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

The briefing helped prepare them for the trip to China.  The team learned what to expect in Beijing and Shanghai and more about the diplomatic relationship between the United States and China.

They will be visiting both Chinese cities as part of their first cultural and athletic tour abroad under Thompson.

“There are as many people playing basketball in China as there are in the United States and that's an amazing statistic,” Thompson said.  The best known is Yao Ming, the all-star center who recently retired from the Houston Rockets of the NBA.

Georgetown was a natural for the Nike event—JT III’s father and former Georgetown coach John R. Thompson Jr. is a Nike board member.  

“From an institutional standpoint, we're getting a chance to represent Georgetown and increase our reputation in China. President Jack DeGioia has focused reaching out to other countries as a global institution, and this trip is part of that work.”  Tagliabue, a GU alum, has international sports experience from his years at the NFL, marketing the brand worldwide.

The team left Saturday and returns to Georgetown Aug. 24.


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Summer tastes of Spain at Social Safeway

August 7, 2011

Georgetown's “Social Safeway” spices up the dog days of summer Thursday, Aug. 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with a special sangria and Spanish wine tasting with Juan Jimenez of Mio restaurant.  The summertime event will take place at the store’s wine bar and is open to the public. The tasting will feature white and red sangria, wines of Chile, and cheeses including Garrotxa, Monte Enebro, Idiazabal, Zamorano, and Ruta del Sol Pimento.

Admission is free but participants must reserve a spot by emailing georgetownsafeway@gmail.com by Wednesday, Aug. 10. 

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Expanding D.C.'s roots globally

July 25, 2011

Linda Harper (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Linda Harper
Not exactly a full-fledged safari, yet,  although D.C.’s former Mayor Anthony Williams and D.C. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Barbara  Lang did discuss the advantages of business exchange programs with the African nation of Botswana at an informal event hosted by PR executive Linda Mercado Greene at the ambassador’s home this week.

Ambassador Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, USA educated, began her post in D.C. in February. She told a group of about 30 that her country thrives as a democracy and welcomes tourists and trade partners. She stressed that Botswana extensively mines for a girl’s best friend—diamonds.

Among the group was Linda Harper, executive director of Cultural Tourism D.C., David M. Carmen, president & CEO of The Carmen Group, and Judith Terra, chair of the D.C. Arts and Humanities Commission.


Barbara Lang (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Barbara Lang
Diane Williams (left) and Linda Greene (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Diane Williams (left) and Linda Greene

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