Men's Basketball Player Shawn Redhage Staying Busy In Spain

Aug. 8, 2002

Men's basketball senior Shawn Redhage is playing for an Athletes In Action team in Malaga, Spain from August 5-20. Redhage is part of the 16-person team party that includes players from Valparaiso, South Carolina, Miami of Ohio and Colorado State. Redhage shares the details of the first couple days of the trip.

Redhage is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic pick from Lincoln, Neb. He has played in 90 games in his three-year career and averaged 7.2 points per game.

Tuesday, Aug. 6--I made it to Spain all right after 25 hours of traveling in planes and layovers in airports. It has been a long day and I am ready to go bed. The place we are staying is a school that put up beds and matresses in a classroom for us with new sheets. The court that we are practicing at tomorrow is an outdoor court. we will also be practicing tomorrow afternoon in a indoor basketball court. The players and coaches seem like awesome individuals and I can�t wait to get to know all of them. Yesterday afternoon we had a bible study which is something we will be doing each day. After dinner tonight we went and saw a hip-hop christian group from Los Angeles perform at a local stage on a basketball court. The crowd seemed really into it and it was really neat to see people ministering in a unique way. Sorry about the punctuation of this e-mail as it seems the locals use a different keyboard than the USA does. Tomorrow will be a busy day as we are going to practice twice and participate in a three-on-three competition at night. Gotta go get some sleep but I will be in touch about what is going on.

Wednesday, Aug. 7-- Today was an interesting day in Fragilia, Spain. We started out the day by eating a strange breakfast. They served us watermelon, bread, and pepperoni for breakfast. After breakfast we went and practiced on a outdoor court. The court was very slippery but we have to get used to it because we are playing a game on it Friday. We were supposed to practice again in the afternoon but since we all didn�t get very much sleep last night because some dog kept barking and kept us awake the coaches decided to cancel practice. Tonight we drove 40 minutes away to participate in a 3-on-3 tourney. When we got there we found no one there and learned that they had canceled the tournament. Lunch and dinner were great and I�m learning more and more Spanish all the time. I also learned that there is a real good chance we might get to go over to Africa for a day and play a team in Morocco. I hope all is well back in states and I�ll keep you all posted on what happens here.

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