Chinese Olympic Athletes to visit Prescott

10 March 2015   Jason Kadah
Embry-Riddle Golf Spring Invite Welcomes Beijing Athletes

PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Included in a 24-team lineup at this year’s annual Spring Invite will be a dozen special international visitors who in addition to hitting the links for some competitive golf, will experience Arizona cultural treasures and American college life for the first time.

Beijing’s Shichahai Sports School, one of seven Olympic training centers in China, is home to the eight athletes, two coaches, a dean of golf and a representative who as special guests of the university and city of Prescott will tour the campus and city, take trips to Sedona and the Grand Canyon and participate in the Embry-Riddle-Prescott Golf team’s highly anticipated Spring Invite March 8-10 at Antelope Hills South Golf Course in Prescott. 

The cultural exchange was initiated last summer when members of the Embry-Riddle Golf team traveled to Beijing for golf and a cultural experience as guests of the Shichahai Sports School. 

“We are very excited to have the Shichahai Sports School joining us and thought it would be special for them to experience an American Collegiate Golf Invitational in conjunction with their cultural experience,” Coach Kim Haddow explained.  “We feel the international experiences for our athletes provide so many benefits, one of which is to build goodwill between our countries through golf.”

“Despite the language barrier, many friendships were made between Embry-Riddle student-athletes and the Chinese team.  We had such a wonderful experience in Ancient Beijing last summer, and I hope they will gain an appreciation for our lives in America and as collegiate golfers,” she added.

Junior Kale Davidson has been studying Chinese for three years in Embry Riddle’s Global Security and Intelligence Studies (GSIS) program and spent last summer in China.

“Learning golf terms and how golf is viewed culturally in China was so interesting and a very important experience for me,” said Davidson, who will also serve as interpreter for the week.

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