STANFORD, Calif. – No strangers to representing on a global stage, Stanford departs today for a two-week foreign tour of Australia.
Embarking on its first summer foreign tour since visiting China in 2019, the Cardinal’s journey will include a mix of competition and exploration over a 17-day stretch.
Stanford will arrive on Tuesday in Brisbane, which is set to host the 2032 Summer Olympics, representing the third Summer Games to be held in Australia, along with the 1956 Games in Melbourne and 2000 Games in Sydney. The Cardinal will tour Olympic landmarks and venues, followed by a visit to the Sunshine Coasts for stops at the Australia Zoo and Mooloolaba Beach, and a visit to the University of Queensland.
On June 29, the Cardinal will begin training and competition against Australia’s U-20 squad at Bond University.
Stanford will play two games against the Australian National Team on July 2-3 and catch an Australian Football League (AFL) game prior to leaving Brisbane.
The second half of the trip is highlighted by a visit to Alice Springs, a remote town in Australia’s Northern Territory, halfway between Darwin and Adelaide. In addition to exploring the Red Centre, the country’s interior desert region, the Cardinal will tour historical sites, host a children’s clinic, enjoy hiking and sleep under the stars.
Stanford will also experience Uluru, or Ayers Rock, a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid Red Centre. Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians and is thought to have started forming around 550 million years ago.
The final days of trip will be spent in Sydney, where the Cardinal has a day of sightseeing planned prior to returning home on July 11.