Apr 13, 2018
University of St. Thomas Football will once again this spring capitalize on the NCAA's foreign tour allowance as it plans a summer 2018 team trip to two European countries. The NCAA allows teams to take an international trip for competition once every three years.
Three years ago, Coach Glenn Caruso and staff put a twist on their travels and took the Tommies to Italy. This year provides another accent on the tour as the Tommies will be going to Ireland in addition to Italy at the beginning of June.
They will spend two weeks touring Italy's biggest and most amazing cities as well as some of the country's quaint and authentic small towns. The tour culminates with a game in Rome vs. the one of that nation's Division I teams.
"We are extremely proud to be able to take our young men to Ireland and Italy and utilize our great sport to open their eyes to new cultures and continue to add tremendous experiences is to their collegiate careers," Caruso said.
"These are global cities that are ancient in their lineage, teachings and service to the world. This tremendous experience will enhance the comprehensive growth of our young men. Many of our players will have a chance to return to their family's genealogical roots, and that's pretty special."
The 13-day trip will take the team to cities like Dublin, Galway, Rome, Sorrento, Naples, Positano, the Isle of Capri and Florence. The Tommies will also spend time at UST's Bernardi Campus in the heart of Rome, one mile from of the Vatican.
"As the region's largest Catholic institution and one of the oldest as well, this is an exceptional opportunity for us to visit an area of the world that many consider to be the hub of Catholicism and among the most culturally rich societies in the world.
"At the very core of our program's teachings is maximizing the opportunities to develop a person holistically," Caruso explained. "Only a small portion of that development actually occurs on the football field, and we understand that that is what gets much of the attention in the media and throughout the community. But football, as well as the formal education that our young men receive, are balanced by their lessons in community, throughout our civic engagement. The complete development of the total person includes understanding our world from a global perspective, and that is in large part what this trip is about.
"Planning for this trip has been a labor of love now two years in the making, and we are so tremendously excited to see it come to fruition."