SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah gymnastics team is set to embark on a trip to South Korea in the summer of 2023. While overseas, the team will train, participate in exhibitions against Korean teams, and be host a meet and greet with students looking to pursue an athletic career at the collegiate level in the United States.
To fund the experience, Utah Gymnastics will host ‘A Night with the Red Rocks’ on Friday, January 27. Limited seating is available for the event. All proceeds from the evening will go directly to the Utah Gymnastics program, specifically helping with the financial costs of the trip to South Korea. This event is the first ever fundraiser for the Red Rocks and will include a social hour and dinner, and a silent auction. Auction items will also be available for online bidding beginning Monday, January 23rd.
The trip to South Korea will be the first international travel for the Utah Athletics program since the summer of 2017.
“Global experiences provide an unparalleled richness to student life, and we are excited to offer that to this team,” said Utah’s head coach. Tom Farden. “This will be an experience of a lifetime for our student-athletes and we are extremely grateful for this opportunity.”
The University of Utah Asia Campus will host the gymnasts and team during their time in Korea.
“We are excited that our U athletes will get to experience life in Korea through the U Asia Campus,” said Randy McCrillis, executive director, and dean of students. “We are also very happy for our U students in Korea to experience the energy that Utah Athletics, and the Red Rocks in particular, bring to campus life.”
The trip happens to have special meaning for Farden, as he was born in Incheon and adopted to the US as an infant. While there, Farden will talk to the audience about the tools he used to help him be successful in sport and in life.
Under the Red Rocks
The University of Utah’s gymnastics team has won 10 national championships, including nine NCAA championships, and has the nation’s most athletic All-American honors. They have qualified for every national championship since the team’s inception in 1976—the only team to do so. The team is known for drawing large, energetic crowds, with the largest fan base of any women’s collegiate sport in the nation. Utah averaged 15,273 NCAA fans per meet during the 2020 season. The 2023 team includes three Olympians, eight All-Americans, and two individual national champions.
Aboff Campus U Asia
The U Asia Campus is an extension campus of the University of Utah in the United States. Opened in Songdo International City, Incheon in 2014, the campus offers general education courses and hosts nine majors, including Accounting, Communications, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Film and Media Arts, Games , Information Systems, Psychology, and Urban Ecology. Students who enroll at the U Asia Campus study in Incheon for three years, then travel to Utah for a year to complete their degree and receive the same diploma as the University of Utah in the United States. U students enrolled through the Salt Lake City campus can have an impactful international experience at the U Asia Campus, take English courses from U faculty, and pay in-state tuition for up to two semesters.