Lady Gladiatiors Come Back from ACG 2018 International Sports Festival with a 2nd Place and Amazing Memories

What an exceptional experience for JCU Women’s Futsal team who, for the first time ever, had the opportunity to participate in an international tournament in Athens and open a breach for future JCU Athletics international collaboration in sports events. 

The ACG 2018 International Sports Festival, organized by the Athletics Department of the American College of Greece in Athens, took place from Wednesday, March 28th until Friday, March 30th. A great sports events that brought together many universities in a fun and sociable atmosphere.

These were all the universities participating to the tournament:

Deree – The American College of Greece
American University of Beirut
Lebanese American University – Beirut Campus
Lebanese American University – Byblos Campus
Haigazian University
University of Balamand
Saint Joseph University of Beirut
American University in Cairo
American University of Sharjah
John Cabot University
Texas A&M University at Qatar
EU Business School Barcelona
National Technical University of Athens
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Agricultural University of Athens

Every college could choose to compete in different sports, including Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Futsal, Tennis, Table Tennis, Swimming, Water Polo, Rugby.

We were honored to participate with our Women’s Futsal team who put their hearts in every single game and gave their best, earning an important 2nd place. 

This is the final ranking:
1. Lebanese American University – Byblos Campus
2. John Cabot University
3. Lebanese American University – Beirut Campus
4. Haigazian University
5. Deree – The American College of Greece

Our Lady Gladiators played amazingly and proved to be a team that can be competitive even internationally. However, their road to the 2nd place was not all flowers and rainbows.
After a great start, which saw JCU defeating HU 0-2, our Lady Gladiators ended up with a tie 1-1 against LAU BE and a loss 6-2 against LAU BY. But our strong women reacted in their last game, winning 3-0 against ACG and conquering the 2nd place thanks to the less numbers of goals received in all the games. 

You can take a look at the a look at the official final results at the following link 

JCU Athletics Coordinator Marco Iorio during the ACG 2018 International Sports Festival Awards Ceremony

Taking part in the ACG 2018 International Sports Festival was an amazing experience. Not only was the organization of the tournament flawless, but it also represented for us an opportunity to network and meet new people in the collegiate sports with whom we share the same goals and passion. 

Our Lady Gladiators had a great time, and we will definitely come back next year with the aim of taking more of our JCU teams.

With this tournament, JCU Athletics has opened an important door within the international collegiate sports arena, and we hope this can be only the first step to widen our horizons and represent John Cabot University internationally. 

Special thanks to our wonderful Lady Gladiators Nicole Luvisotti, Maria Martynovych, Maria Vittoria Albezzano, Claudia Calselli, Viviana Colagrossi and Taylor Greene, the coach Paolo Farina, and the entire Organizational Committee of the ACG 2018 International Sports Festival.