North Chicago vs the New Zealand National Basketball Team

North Chicago played the New Zealand National Basketball Team on Sunday, December 7, 2015.  Even though North Chicago beat New Zealand 82-59, the boys from Westlake were grateful for the hospitality North Chicago, NCCHS and the community showed them.  See the attached letter from Richard Gorrett, Programme Development Manager. Congratulations to both teams!

Good evening everybody,

Just arrived back to the hotel and currently getting our laundry in before we check out of our hotel tomorrow and get on the train tomorrow evening to head off to New York! A great time of the day to be doing laundry but I don’t think the boys will be getting to sleep too early tonight as they are all still very energetic after the game today.

On behalf of us at Student Horizons and the whole of the Westlake Boys Basketball team I’d just like to say a massive thank you for what you did for us this afternoon. Often people say that there is no-one in the world who knows how to provide true hospitality like the Americans, and now we know why! Thank you all for making today such a great experience for the boys as this will be something that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Please also pass on this email and our thanks to everyone else who was involved today, whether it was the boys on the court, the people timing & scoring the game or those who prepared the ‘soul food’ for us after the game, particularly the awesome cake!!

We will be sending you pictures of us back in New Zealand with our t-shirts on and with the plaque proudly placed on the school wall for all to see! We also had a good laugh on the bus journey home when watching the games on the dvd that you gave to us.

I could not think of a better way to finish our time here in Chicago and unfortunately we now have to move on but fortunately we know where to go when we return to Chicago next time. As I said tonight please let us know when you are coming to New Zealand and hopefully we can show you some true New Zealand hospitality like you showed us today.

Again thank you for everything!!

Kind regards,

Richard Gorrett
Programme Development Manager

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