Aug. 12, 2012
Day three in Rome was a lot like the first two as far as the weather was concerned...hot! However, despite a busy morning and early afternoon, which included a tour of the Church of the Gesu, which Fr. Stefano graciously arranged for the group, we had a bit of free time to sit and watch the USA men's basketball team win the gold medal this afternoon with a victory over Spain.
The team started Sunday with a quick workout session in the hotel with assistant athletics director for sports performance Dave Vitel before grabbing a quick bite to eat at the hotel before heading out for the day. Our third day of exploring Rome began with a tour of the Church of the Gesu and the travel party received a rare opportunity to visit the rooms of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, for whom Loyola University Chicago is named, as well as see some of his artifacts. Fr. Stefano and Patrick Nolan provided very insightful tours for our traveling party and gave us an understanding and true appreciation for all of Saint Ignatius of Loyola's great work.
After the tour, Fr. Stefano presided over a private Mass for our group and then, it was on to a quick stop for some pizza before the team broke into groups for a scavenger hunt in Rome (see video below). The competitiveness of everyone on the team truly was present during the contest with everyone vying for bragging rights and some free gelato! In a closely contested battle, the "Romeblers", which was a team consisting of Ben Averkamp, Devon Turk, Jeff "Keke" White, Matt O'Leary and manager Ryan Sullivan, narrowly edged out the Spicy Meatball squad comprised of Joe Crisman, Christian Thomas, Tanner Williams, Kody Williams and Dan Shepard by four points.
Following the scavenger hunt, it was on to Scholar's Lounge for some appetizers and the men's basketball Olympic gold medal game between the United States and Spain. The game was closer than most had probably anticipated it would be, but the U.S. emerged victorious to earn the gold medal, thanks to the backing of the Rambler contingent in Rome, of course!
With another day complete, the team was free to grab dinner wherever it wanted in the city, while also getting a chance to relax and rest up for the first game of the trip, Tuesday night versus All-Star Italy.
We can't thank enough everyone who made this trip possible. Although we are only three days into our two-week stay, it has already been a trip of a lifetime!
A piu tardi!