UWO Men’s Basketball takes on Italy

Headshot of head coach Pat Juckem

Coach Pat Juckem

The UWO men’s basketball team will be traveling to Italy for an experience of a lifetime. The players, coaches and family members will leave Oshkosh on Tuesday, May 17 and return on Thursday, May 26. While abroad, the team will compete and bond over traveling in a foreign country together.

“It is far more than a basketball trip, it’s going to be a cultured experience. Basketball is our excuse for doing it,” said Pat Juckem, UW-Oshkosh men’s basketball head coach.

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Kyle Beyak

These experiences will be shared on this active blog by two student-athletes, Kyle Beyak and Jake Laihinen.

“Getting to travel abroad to play basketball is a dream come true,” Beyak, a freshman radiology major from Mount Prospect, IL, said.

“Basketball for a lot of people is just a sport but for a lot of guys on our team it’s what we love doing. It’s our passion,” said Beyak.

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Jake Laihinen

Besides basketball and team bonding, Laihinen, a junior majoring in accounting and finance from Mequon, has other things on his mind.

“I have some friends studying abroad in Italy right now and I heard a lot of good things about pizza,” said Laihinen.

Whether it be the food, the game or the memories, the UWO men’s basketball team is in for an exciting time on their upcoming trip to Italy.

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