Men’s Volleyball travel to China to support MBA graduates

Trinity Western University continues to introduce its student-athletes to global affairs as the Spartans men’s volleyball team will go to China for a 10-day International Goodwill Tour in late September.

The Trinity Western delegation, which will travel to Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin, plans to continue to build relationships with top level universities and local governments and businesses as well as some of China’s key volleyball programs during the tour.

While in Tianjin the TWU delegation will be on hand to congratulate and support the first graduating class from the Great Wall MBA Program at Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (TUFE).

The Great Wall Program, which was established last October, was introduced with the hopes of establishing a connection between the two universities and TWU is thrilled that the men’s volleyball team can be in China as a representation of the University’s academic and athletic success.

“It has been almost a year since Trinity Western launched the Great Wall MBA Program at TUFE, and now TWU expresses excitement as they will witness the graduation of their first class,” says Phil Laird, Dean of TWU’s Global Learning Connections.

As ambassadors of TWU, the trip will allow the players to experience high levels of competition, associate with large-scale political groups and recognize global academic and business opportunities.

Coach Ben Josephson, who graduated from TWU in 2003 and will be entering his eighth year as the men’s volleyball team’s head coach, sees the value of international travel as it stretches the players and helps grow team culture.

“I am very excited to see our guys interact with a new culture and watch our team culture develop through our experiences in China,” Josephson says.

The tour, which runs from September 20-28, will kick off with the Spartans playing the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack Sept. 19 at MEI Middle School at 6:00 pm.