As 2021 sports seasons across the world have settled back down to “normal”, the Fremont High School basketball program will kick off their season with a vacation to Disney World and participate in the KSA tournament.
The teams will be leaving on December 15th at 4:30 a.m. from Fremont to Omaha’s Eppley Airfield and take a flight down to Florida. They are set to return December 19th.
Due to last season’s trip being cut, funds were left for the girls team to help cover for the expenses of the trip. Fundraising and private donors also contributed to help with the funds for both teams.
For the girls team, a trip to a different state is done annually to compete against different styles brought by other teams, but due to the pandemic last year, the team was stripped from that opportunity. On the other hand, this will be a first time trip for the boys basketball team.
“Going to Orlando will benefit us because we’ll be able to play against different teams that aren’t from Nebraska so they could have a completely different playing style and players that we haven’t been able to scout or look at,” senior center Macy Bryant said. “We’re kind of going into those teams not knowing much about them so it’s good to get a new fresh perspective on the game and being able to play different types of teams.”
Although the trip comes with the benefit of learning how to adapt to new teams and locations, friendship is also added to that list of benefits.
“I think it’ll benefit us by bringing our team closer together,” senior guard Carter Sintek said.
There are many protocols set in place to keep the players safe and secure throughout their stay at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. Protocols include “Strict mask protocols indoors, regular sanitation and adult/parental supervision,” Assistant Activities Director Heidi Moran said.
The teams will play a total of four games, one game per day, throughout their four-day stay at the convention center’s basketball courts.