Salvatore embarks on European trip with Athletes in Action

Aug. 7, 2014

Brianna Salvatore with Athletes in Action


DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis senior women's basketball player Brianna Salvatore is spending her summer overseas, joining a group of current and former collegiate basketball players on a 17-day tour through Germany and the Czech Republic with Athletes in Action.

The team will be playing games and practicing against local universities, conducting coach and player clinics, and being involved in other outreaches.

During the trip, Salvatore will be providing with periodic updates of her travels, while all of her teammates are contributing entries, photos, and videos, to a blog on the Athletes in Action website by clicking here. Her first two entries are below and we invite fans to check back on this page as new entries will be posted as they are received.

Ashanti Plummer (Jr., F, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi)
Breanna Stucke (Sr., F, Wright State)
Brianna Salvatore (Sr., G, UC Davis)
Kelsey Smith (Jr., G, Ouachita Baptist)
Abby Jump (Sr., G, Wright State)
Ashley Darley (G, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi)
Ali Bouman (C, Davenport University [Mich.])
Samantha Baranowski (F, Maine)

Brianna Salvatore at the Berlin Wall Memorial

BRIANNA'S BLOG #3 - AUG. 10, 2014
"This week in Berlin was absolutely incredible! From working camp with the Berlin basketball club Alba, to playing against the Berlin City women's team, to touring the city and getting to see the Berlin Wall, this was a week I won't forget. The girls from the Alba basketball club were so much fun to work with and had a real hunger and eagerness to not only learn, but share life! The games we played have also been quite an experience in themselves. Before our game on Thursday night, the team we decided to play added a couple of men to the roster. These were full-grown, full-bearded men, that they recruited to guard our post players. We still pulled out the win by 15. On Saturday, we had the awesome opportunity to tour the city of Berlin. We got to see the Berlin Wall Memorial as well as "Checkpoint Charlie." Later that night, we got to attend a church service in German... thankfully, with a English translation. This part of the trip is ending but we still have one more week in the Czech Republic. I can't wait to see what God has in store there!"

BRIANNA'S BLOG #2 - AUG. 5, 2014
"Today was a jam-packed day. Berlin is an incredible city, very different than any American city I've ever seen. The younger generation, for the most part, speaks English, so I've been able to make some pretty cool friends. We're staying in a hostel which has also been so incredible as we've had the opportunity to meet all kinds of European travelers. I've even been able to practice some of my broken French ;). One of the things we've done this week is run a training camp for the top Berlin high school players, some of which are training for the German national team. Tonight, we also had the opportunity to play against the professional Berlin city team. It was so fun to get out there and play again and we ended up winning our game by 30. We got to share life and faith stories with these women after the game, which was the best part of the whole night. It truly has been an incredible trip, thus far, and I praise God for the opportunity to be here."

"This summer I have an incredible opportunity to play with the Athletes in Action Division 1 Germany/Czech team. Athletes in Action is a Christian fellowship for athletes located on college campuses all over the United States. Our team has the opportunity to play against professional basketball teams in Berlin, Germany, as well as Prague, Czech Republic. This past week we all met up at the AIA headquarters in Xenia, Ohio, to do a training camp before we took off for our trip. Here, we not only practiced daily as a team, but did team building, as well as spiritual training, to prepare for our journey overseas. The highlight of training camp was the game we got to play at a local women's prison. This was an incredible experience -- different than anything I thought it might be like. At halftime of our game, I actually had the opportunity to share my life and faith story with the inmates. It was truly incredible to build relationships with this group of women. I really can't wait for this opportunity to play with such an awesome team of women for the next 17 days."