ANN ARBOR, Mich.
-- University of Michigan men's basketball player Chuck Bailey (Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King HS)
is among eight NCAA Division I basketball players set to participate in the Athletes in Action good will tour June 14-24 in the Ivory Coast (Abidjan) in West Africa.
Following a four-day training camp (June 10-14) in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bailey and the rest of the team will fly June 14 to the city of Abidjan, Africa, where they will play games against local teams, host basketball clinics for area youths and perform other service work to local orphanages. This year, the focus will be the issue of AIDS and students with disabilities. The AIA team will donate and pass out 25 wheelchairs, over 200 basketballs, clothing items, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toiletry items, bibles and videos to the local children.
In addition to Bailey, other players participating in the tour include: Cornell's Jacques Vigneault, Cleveland State's Jon Rakiecki, Rutgers' Ricky Shields, Central State's Malcolm Fields, Evansville's Ian Hanavan, Sam Houston State's Eddy Fobbs and Maine's Justin Rowe. Michigan State assistant coach Mike Garland will serve as the head coach and Ohio Dominican's Jeff Bridges will be the assistant coach.
Bailey, who will be a sophomore in 2002-03, played in all 29 games in his first year with the Wolverines, averaging 3.8 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 53.8 percent in 13.6 minutes per game.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423