Ven. Master Hsing Yun has always promoted basketball throughout his life; as a result, there is the Fo Guang Cup International Invitational College Basketball Tournament. This year, Hsi Lai Temple specially invited California Polytechnic State University’s Men Basketball Team, California Baptist University’s Women Basketball Team and Canada’s McMaster University’s Men Basketball Team to participate in the tournament that was held at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
On August 10, more than 30 basketball players came and visited Hsi Lai Temple. The players were happy, excited and ready to roll. Ven. Abbot Hui Dong welcomed the players on behalf of the temple and wished that all teams will perform excellently. He also talked about the theme of the tournament: spreading the Three Acts of Goodness around the globe through Basketball. The importance of the Three Acts of Goodness is to cultivate youths with the values of morality, wisdom, physical health, group spirit and aesthetic creativity, thus balancing both mental and physical improvements.
For this year’s tournament, the men’s basketball teams come from: MingDao University, Hsing Wu University, Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology from Taiwan; University of Tsukuba, Japan; Huaqiao University, China; California Polytechnic State University, USA; and McMaster University, Canada. As for the women’s basketball teams, there are Fo Guang University, National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport, and Chinese Culture University from Taiwan; Mukogawa Women’s University, Japan; Malaysia National Basketball Team, Sichuan Normal University, China; Dankook University, South Korea; and California Baptist University, USA.
On August 16, Fo Guang Cup International Invitational College Basketball Tournament held opening ceremony at the Kaohsiung Arena.