Themes Mark all newsUncheck all news

How to find us?

Tel. +1 202 234 5860; +1 (202) 436-2471 ( „WhatsApp“ and „Signal“ apps – for audio calls only. All text messages should be send to email)
E-mail

The Lithuanian Ambassador's Basketball Cup in Washington marked the centennials of Lithuania - US diplomatic relations and the arrival of the game of basketball to Lithuania

Created: 2022.10.24 / Updated: 2022.10.24 20:30
      The Lithuanian Ambassador's Basketball Cup in Washington marked the centennials of Lithuania - US diplomatic relations and the arrival of the game of basketball to Lithuania
      The Lithuanian Ambassador's Basketball Cup in Washington marked the centennials of Lithuania - US diplomatic relations and the arrival of the game of basketball to Lithuania
      The Lithuanian Ambassador's Basketball Cup in Washington marked the centennials of Lithuania - US diplomatic relations and the arrival of the game of basketball to Lithuania
      The Lithuanian Ambassador's Basketball Cup in Washington marked the centennials of Lithuania - US diplomatic relations and the arrival of the game of basketball to Lithuania
      The Lithuanian Ambassador's Basketball Cup in Washington marked the centennials of Lithuania - US diplomatic relations and the arrival of the game of basketball to Lithuania

      On October 22 The Lithuanian Ambassador's Basketball Cup was held in Washington for the 19th time, under the patronage of the Lithuanian Ambassador to the US Audra Plepytė. Among the teams competing there were team of advisers to members of the US Congress, a team from Washington's diplomatic community, a select team from the US Administration and a group of Lithuanian-American teams from various corners of the country. The basketball tournament, which is organized by the Lithuanian Embassy to the US together with the Lithuanian Athletic Union of North America, has already become a beautiful tradition of Lithuanian sports diplomacy and is one of the most anticipated sports diplomacy events in the US capital.

      This year's Ambassador's Cup was dedicated to the centenary of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and the United States, the 100th anniversary of the appearance of basketball in Lithuania and aimed at the development of transatlantic cooperation, as well as promoting Lithuania in the US. This year, the basketball tournament was organized in a 5x5 format and gathered ten teams of basketball lovers. Opening the basketball tournament, Ambassador Audra Plepytė noted that “Love for basketball unites us beyond the court as well, where we fight together for common values, freedom and democracy." Laurynas Misevičius, president of the Lithuanian Athletic Union of North America, also congratulated the basketball players and the guests of the competition.

      In this year’s finals of the Ambassador's Cup met the US Administration Team and the Colorado’s Lithuanian team "Kalniečiai". After a tough fight, the USA Administration team won with the score of 38-35. At the end of the basketball competition, a ceremonial honoring of all the participants of the tournament and awarding of the winners took place at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington. Ambassador Audra Plepytė congratulated the winners of the tournament - the US Administration team and presented them with the champions’ cup. The ambassador thanked the leadership of the Lithuanian Athletic Union of North America, the Lithuanian-American community, the Lithuanian Fund and all those who contributed to the organization of the tournament.

      The Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Washington organized the Ambassador's Basketball Cup for the first time in 2003. Teams of Lithuanians in the USA, as well as teams of US institutions and diplomats of foreign countries residing in Washington are invited to participate in the traditional tournament every year. The tournaments are held in cooperation with Lithuanian Athletic Union of North America and the Lithuanian Basketball Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Lithuanian community in the US, the Lithuanian Foundation and private sponsors contribute to the organization of the tournament.

      Subscribe to our newsletters

      Captcha