Screaming fans. Buzzer beaters. Pressure-packed free throws. That is what students from the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) at Samuel Merritt University (SMU) can expect at the Annual Podiatric Student Basketball Tournament.
The University is hosting the tournament on March 27 and 28 for the first time since it began in 1985 as an annual event organized by the American Podiatric Medical Students Association (APMSA) Corporate Advisory Board. About 40 SMU students in the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) program will compete against basketball players from the other seven podiatry schools around the country.
For Ninveh Hiskail, second-year podiatry student, the tournament is an opportunity to build student camaraderie, promote athletic competition and bring positive recognition to CSPM. "Many of the players from the other schools have never been to the West Coast so my hope is that when they leave the tournament they regard CSPM and our students very highly and recall positive things about their experiences here."