After its 2010-11 season ends, the Dickinson State menâ€™s basketball teamâ€™s year isnâ€™t over.
The Blue Hawks are scheduled to wrap up their year with a week-long trip to China the first week of April to participate in a pair of exhibition goodwill games against Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University in Yangling, a city in the Shaanxi province.
â€œItâ€™s not set in stone,â€ Orton said.
Thatâ€™s because the team is still in the process of finalizing the trip because they have to raise their own funds. Head coach Ty Orton said, so far, $25,000 has been raised through camps, free-throw contests and Blue Hawk Booster Club donations, but that is only about halfway toward the teamâ€™s goal. The trip costs about $2,800 per person, Orton said.
â€œItâ€™s all raised money thatâ€™s paying for the trip,â€ Orton said.
The coach said he hopes everything works out so the team can make the trip.
The Blue Hawks would play games against Northwest A&T on April 3 and 4 and spend the rest of the week touring Chinese universities that have partnerships with DSU â€” Northwest A&T is an English-speaking university â€” as well as some sightseeing.
The Blue Hawks officially begin practice on Thursday. They have a scrimmage scheduled against Miles Community College on for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.