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- SPORTS: Men’s Basketball
- WHO: Ages 16-22
- WHAT: High School and College Exhibition Tours
- WHERE: Barbados
- WHEN: June 18-27, 2016
- ITINERARY: View Sample Itinerary – View Final Detailed Itinerary
- HOW MUCH: $3,700 if paying in full for all travelers at time of enrollment. $4,000 if using a payment plan or adding additional travelers to a group. Please see the CONTRACT found on the ATHLETE APPLICATION page (Step 7) for payment procedure and details.
- DEPARTURE: American Flight 2393 departing Miami (MIA) 6:20 pm on June 18th (non-stop to Bridgetown)
- ARRIVAL: American Flight 2719 arriving Miami (MIA) 10:36 am on June 27th (non-stop from Bridgetown)
- [NOTE – airline may change flight times before or after ticketing]
Staff / Coaches / Chaperones
Aaron Denton, College Basketball Coach (Whispering Pines, NC) – Coach Aaron Denton is one of the most accomplished college coaches to lead a STUDENTathleteWorld Tour. Throughout his career, he’s successfully turned two JUCO programs (Sandhills CC & Louisburg College) into national powerhouses in addition to serving as the Assistant Coach at Miami Dade College, Guilford College (NCAA D3), and UNC Greensboro (NCAA D1). Currently, he is both a full-time member of the Math faculty and Athletic Director at Sandhills CC. As the Athletic Director, he oversees an athletic program that has had immense success at the national level, including two national championships. Upon his arrival at Sandhills CC, Coach Denton built the basketball program from the ground up. In his third season, his team finished with a #8 ranking in the NJCAA national poll while capturing an NJCAA Region X regular season title. At the end of the season, six of his players signed scholarships to four-year institutions. Over his last two years as a basketball coach, nine players earned full scholarships. In all, he’s had 34 basketball players earn scholarships and nearly 40 move on to play at the four-year college level. As a college athlete, Coach Denton played football, basketball and lacrosse at Guilford College where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management. He furthered his education with an M.B.A. from UNC Greensboro while working under coach Fran McCaffery (now head basketball coach at the University of Iowa).
Jeremy Otkin, High School Basketball Coach (Pipestone, MN) – Coach Jeremy Otkin is experienced in coaching internationally, serving as our Assistant Boys Basketball Coach at the United World Games last summer (2015). He is currently coaching in the West Central School District in South Dakota. Previously, Coach Otkin spent time on coaching staffs at both the high school and college levels. At Sandhills Community College (NC), he served two years as both the Assistant Coach as well as the Strength & Conditioning Coach. Shortly after his time on staff, the men’s basketball program went on to win the NJCAA Division III National Championship. While in the high school coaching ranks, Coach Otkin was on staff at his alma mater where he helped lead his team to a South Dakota State Consolation Championship. He has balanced coaching with his military career (2003-2005 National Guard, 2005-2010 Active Duty in the Army, and 2010-present in the Army Reserves). Coach Otkin played College Baseball at Dakota State University (SD) and spends time in the summer working Duke Basketball Camp. He has two Bachelor’s Degrees (Education and Management) and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Education Administration.
To Be Announced, Delegation Managers (Barbados) – Our delegation managers will meet us at the airport when we land and will be with us for the entirety of our trip. They will travel with us and stay in the hotels with us. The advantage of having a ground crew is having a local who knows the ins and out of the country we are in. Our partners in Austria have been doing this for a long time and will take great care of our group.
Parents – In addition to our Staff, Coaches, and Delegation Managers, we will also have a good number of parents of our athletes travelling with us. While they have no duties other that to enjoy themselves, they will be able to assist in some chaperoning of the teams. About 50% of our athletes will travel with family and 50% will travel alone.