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STUDENTathleteWorld Tours provides opportunities for high character STUDENTathletes and their families to travel the world and represent their country playing the sport they love. We combine the thrill of international athletic competition with the adventure and leadership benefits of international travel. Our goal is to create an experience that is ‘the coolest thing you’ve ever done’!
Putting on a USA jersey and competing in the sport you love on an international stage against teams from around the world is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and will be one of the highlights of your athletic career. Yes, we want to form competitive teams and win the tournaments we enter. However, the games are just one aspect of our tours. Our itineraries are designed to provide an authentic local experience, cultural adventures, and opportunities for personal growth.
We are dedicated to making our tours one of the most memorable experience of your life. Your safety and satisfaction are our #1 priority. You are going to have the time of your life. Are you ready to EXPLORE THE WORLD AND DISCOVER YOURSELF?!?
Our Mission Statement
It is the mission of STUDENTathleteWorld Tours to provide opportunities for young athletes of various ages to represent their country in international athletic competition while gaining a broader perspective of the world through overseas travel. Our goal is to select young men and women of high character who successfully portray their country to the highest degree in the sport that they love. Additionally, we target leadership development while aiming for our travelers to formulate strong cultural understandings and appreciation of their surroundings. We believe that these experiences provide opportunities for personal growth and have long-lasting effects on the development of young lives.
STUDENTathleteWorld Tours’ Tim Ryerson (left) and Richie Schueler (right) met at a recruiting event in 2005 as college basketball coaches at rival schools in North Carolina. On a contract basis, they were hired to coach international all-star teams. Combined they led seven international tours from 2006-2009. While leading the tours they noted not only how awesome the athletic experience was; but also the personal growth, team bonding, and leadership skills that developed in young athletes through the vehicle of international sports competition and travel.
As college basketball coaches, both were immersed in their coaching careers, spending time as players or coaches at a combined total of 10 NCAA Colleges and Universities in 7 States. In 2009, Tim had moved on to a new college coaching job in Nebraska and Richie had been promoted to the head coach at St. Andrews University. Tim was ready to leave coaching but didn’t really have any options to land on his feet until Richie mentioned in a phone call that he could always come back to North Carolina and sleep on his couch while he figured out the next step in his career. Well, Tim took Richie up on the offer and spent two months sleeping on Richie’s couch. It was during that time that Tim decided to start STUDENTathleteWorld. STUDENTathleteWorld began as a college athletic recruiting service designed to help high school athletes with the recruiting process. It was meant to be a temporary job until he got back into college coaching.
Two years later, Tim was still growing STUDENTathleteWorld as a college athletic recruiting business and it was Richie who was ready to leave college coaching. This time Tim returned the favor by offering Richie an opportunity working with STUDENTathleteWorld until he figured out his next step. Like Tim a few years earlier, it was meant to be a temporary job until he got back into college coaching.
The temporary jobs stuck for both Richie and Tim. STUDENTathleteWorld became a thriving business helping athletes all over the world. In 2014 they opened STUDENTathleteWorld Tours, a sister company of STUDENTathleteWorld that organizes international sports tours for youth and collegiate athletes.
Building on their experiences and a shared passion for athletics, travel, and developing youth, STUDENTathleteWorld Tours quickly became an industry leader in International sports travel.
In 2017, Jody Burrows, a former college basketball athlete and coach joined the SaWUSA team as the Director of Client Relations.
Kathy Finnell-Hopkins, Mother of Giavonni Hopkins (Missouri)
"Great experience and opportunity for students and parents. Definitely recommend others to do it! Richie did an awesome job throughout the process. He was accessible and responsive; making the process simple and smooth. Silas was OUTSTANDING! He was professional, courteous, pleasant, entertaining, funny and kept us on point. Coach Mathis was AWESOME as an individual and coach! In 2 practices, she took 8 complete strangers and transformed them into a cohesive competitive gold medal worthy team. She is a SaW keeper! In fact, her team is plotting to go back next year! It was definitely safe & comfortable. The breakfasts and accommodations were great! It was great meeting and experiencing everything with such an awesome group of people. We had a GREAT group!! And we had GREAT Coaches, guide, and even our bus driver was wonderful!"
July 19, 2016Read More Testimonials