SALT LAKE CITY — Early Monday morning, Team USA was “down under,” training in Melbourne, Australia, ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
The U.S. national team is slated to play a pair of exhibition contests against the Australian national team later this week prior to heading to China for the World Cup.
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is one of 13 players remaining on Team USA’s roster and local media covering the NBL (National Basketball League) caught up with him following practice.
Among the topics addressed with Mitchell were his thoughts on what it will be like to go up against teammate Joe Ingles, what he expects from Nathan Sobey, who played for the Jazz’s summer league team in 2017, and what playing preseason basketball against foreign teams do for NBA players.
Watch the full interview here.
Things @spidadmitchell is looking forward to:— NBL (@NBL) August 19, 2019
1️⃣ Trash talk with @Joeingles7
2️⃣ 60,000 fans @marvelstadiumau
3️⃣ Facing @sobes2zero + Mitch Creek
4️⃣ Another round of #NBLxNBA the @Adelaide36ers
All that and more from @usabasketball training today in Melbourne ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/1coaKYJyXS
And finally …
Speaking of Ingles, the Jazz forward and his wife Renae recently partnered with Marvel Stadium, a multipurpose sports and entertainment stadium otherwise known as Docklands Stadium, located in the Docklands precinct of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to create Melbourne’s first stadium sensory room.
Inspired by their son Jacob, who was diagnosed with autism earlier this year, Joe and Renae Ingles helped Marvel Stadium create an environment to aid those who suffer from sensory overload.
Here is the official statement on the stadium sensory room, courtesy of Marvel Stadium.
Proudly championed Joe and Renee Ingles and the National Basketball Association, it will be unveiled at the stadium for this week’s Boomers vs. USA basketball clash. Stadium staff have undergone Sensory Inclusive Training 101 with KultureCity and Marvel Stadium is now officially an accredited Sensory venue.
Marvel Stadium has partnered with KultureCity to make the stadium and all of the programs and events that we host to be sensory inclusive. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests and fans with a sensory issue that visit.
The certification process entail our team being trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize those guests and fans with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation.
Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads will also be available to all guests who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. These fans will also be able to have use of a dedicated sensory room designed by medical professionals for those who may need a quieter and more secure environment.
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment in a venue. With its new certification, we are now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when attending any event.