THE Athletes In Action (AIA) United States sets off its Philippine Tour on Thursday and will lasts until August 10 as the team plays a series of exhibition games against PBA and UAAP teams while holding outreach programs.
The 10-man AIA US team is made up of collegiate basketball players from Division I schools. It is scheduled to play pro ballclubs Blackwater and Mahindra (formerly KIA) and UAAP teams University of the East, National University, De La Salle, Far Eastern University, and Ateneo.
Likewise, it will see action against a selection team from AIA Philippines.
The AIA US team is composed of Tyler Lewis of Butler, Eric Garcia of Wofford College, Chris Hass from Bucknell, TK Edogi of Tulsa, Andre Yates of Cleveland State, Winston Shepard of San Diego State, Tyrell Nelson of Gardner-Webb University, Javis Howard of Charleston Southern University, D’Andre Wright of Tulsa, and Greg Lewis of Rutgers.
Phil Bollier is the team’s head coach who has for his staff Will Edison of Ohio State, Phil Gillespie, Jack Gillespie, Claude Pardue, Morris Michalski, Tom Thomsas, and Alan Major.
The AIA contingent is slated to hold an outreach inside the New Bilibid Prisons, Boystown Marikina, and UP Village and will conduct clinics in Clark Pampanga, Technological Institute of the Philippines, University of Makati, and in Valenzuela during the two-week tour which has Alaska, Freego, Maynilad, and Smart as major sponsors.
Aside from basketball-related activities, Bollier also said the team will spread the word of Jesus Christ, which is one of the visions of the group.
“Our main reason why we are here is to share the love of God,” Bollier said during the press conference at the Microtel Inn in Quezon City.
The AIA United States Philippine Tour is also sponsored by Microtel, Shacman, SM City Clark, and Samaritan’s Feet.