Tuesday, 22 October 2013
The outstanding international success of Lithuanian basketball was the topic of Mindaugas Balciunas’ Inaugural Professorial Lecture at the University of Worcester last week.
His strategic and emotional lecture titled ‘The Phenomenon of Basketball: Game, Science, Culture and Religion’ both intrigued and enlightened the audience at the University of Worcester Arena.
Since Lithuania became independent from the Soviet Union in 1990, the country has consistently been in the top 5 world rankings for basketball. Some have perceived basketball as a second religion in Lithuania, yet many wonder how a country with a population of approximately three million can consistently compete with the global powers in this sport.
Professor Balciunas is currently the Chancellor of Lithuanian Sports University. He was previously the Secretary General of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation, a post he held for 7 years.
He has contributed to making the University of Worcester one of the most successful basketball universities in Europe.
He played a critical role in establishing a partnership between Worcester and Lithuania that incorporates a bespoke Masters’ degree in European Basketball Coaching Science, as well as fostering research links and promoting coaching and player development.
Mick Donovan, Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Worcester said: “The Inaugural Lecture delivered by Professor Balciunas clearly demonstrated his insight into a range of academic areas and the large audience were suitably impressed.
“We are delighted to formally welcome Mindaugas as an Honorary Professor to the University of Worcester”.
Find out more about the MSc in European Basketball Coaching Science course.