That’s a Wrap…

August 18th, 2011

After about 21 hours in buses, on planes and waiting in customs lines, the Aggies made it back safely to College Station on Wednesday, pulling into the Reed Arena parking lot around 6 o’clock in the evening.

To a person, all took away great benefit for the team and the program as a result of the tour. The players got to learn a lot more about their new staff, both on and off the court, and vice-versa. The team was already a tight-knit group, but got even closer. This was not a trip where the players stayed in their hotel rooms all the time–the kids were out and about, experiencing the cultures and people of France and Switzerland as groups, and that was a lot of fun to see.

Junior Elston Turner on the European Tour: “Being here for 10 days made everyone come even closer together as a team. I feel like when we get back and start conditioning and getting ready for the actual season, it’s going to pay off a lot.”

Senior Dash Harris on the trip: “It was a lot of fun. We all got to see things we’ve never seen before and it was a great experience. We’re all thankful and blessed to be here. We’ve talked about it the whole time, just being with each other for this trip, we wouldn’t choose another group of guys to be with. These guys are like my brothers–we all love each other and it’s helped us bond a lot before the regular season has even started. It’ll help us a lot in the long run.”

(L-R) Lou Paletta, Fred Palmer, Ed Richards, Sam Torn, Jerry Cox, Charlie Robertson and Artie McFerrin with Coach Kennedy in Paris.

Most importantly, we would be remiss to not thank the wonderful supporters who made the journey to Europe with the team. Without their backing this experience of a lifetime would not have been possible.

Heartfelt thanks go out to: Jerry and Kay Cox; Artie and Dorothy McFerrin; Lou and Wanda Paletta; Fred and Vola Palmer; Ed and Susan Richards; Charlie and Angie Robertson; and Sam and Susan Torn. Not only do we thank them for the European Tour, but we thank them for their friendship and for all they do for Texas A&M. They are wonderful ambassadors for the Aggie family and Aggie Athletics, and I know all involved with the program were honored to share their time in Europe with this fine group of people.

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