Testimonials

2017

"When I first inquired about the trip, John told me that they would take care of everything and all I would have to do was get the team to Montreal, coach, and enjoy the trip. He delivered!! The guys at JD Sports did it all for us---they made it easy, affordable, and really really enjoyable.  John was amazing helping us organize the trip and taking care of the behind the scenes work the entire time we were there. We were so very lucky to have Guinness as our primary tour guide along with some help with George (and his kids!). Their hands-on, detailed approach made it a very comfortable trip.

I know my team loved every minute of the trip. From the sites, the meals, to the games we played…an extremely memorable trip for my entire group.

Sincere thank you to John, George, and Guinness for a sensational trip. We cannot wait to come back!"

 

Randie Torgalski

Men's Basketball Coach

Elmira College

 

 

" Now that I am back from Montreal and have had several weeks to reflect on our 5 day, 3 game foreign tour,  I can truly say it was an experience of a lifetime for all my players and the coaching staff. The wonderful memories that JD Sports created for us on this trip, will last forever. John Dangelas of JD Sports did an absolutely amazing job of organizing every single detail of the trip, made 100% sure everything went smoothly and left no stone unturned in his preparation of our foreign tour. John's attention to detail with every facet of the trip, was spectacular. From the beautiful hotel, to the delicious food, the amazing sights and the great competition we were able to compete against. John exudes a great deal of confidence, knowledge, experience, class and professionalism which makes you feel extremely comfortable throughout the 5 day tour.
     One of the main reasons this trip was so amazing, successful and 1st class all the way, was our host Guinness Rider. His knowledge, class, professionalism and hands on approach made everything we did on this trip so amazing. He took us to historic sights such as: Olympic Village (1976 Olympics), Old Montreal, St. Joseph's Oratory and the Parliament in Ottawa. Throughout each sight, he gave us all the history and background behind each place. Guinness was extremely knowledgeable and very personable in every single thing he did with us, throughout the entire tour. We not only met a great person, but made a true friend that will be part of the Ramapo Roadrunner family forever.
     In closing, both Montreal and Ottawa are  world class cities that are beautiful, clean, safe and have so much to offer a tourist. Mix that in with the talent and competition of the Canadian College basketball teams and you have yourself an amazing "Foreign Tour".  JD Sports made the trip very affordable and If your program has any interest in going on a foreign tour, I highly recommend you utilize JD Sports and request Guinness Rider as your own personal tour guide. I would personally like to thank John & Guinness again for your hospitality and all you did to create such wonderful memories!! "

 

 

Chuck McBreen

Men's Basketball Coach

Ramapo College

'' It was truly a pleasure having Francois as our host and seeing my longtime friend John Dangelas and being able to do business with his company.  Anyone who knows John or who has had the privilege of going on a foreign tour hosted by John knows just how thorough and detailed John is and his strong desire for any team he does business with to completely enjoy his home city of Montreal as well as any surrounding areas throughout Canada.  John has just as strong a desire that his service and hospitality is provided at a reasonable rate that programs with budgets large and small and in between can enjoy!  Thank you John!  We just completed our second tour and we look forward to our third!  ''

 

Reggie Witherspoon

Men's Basketball Coach

Canisius College

"When we first decided to make a trip up to Montreal in August, we thought it was great timing for our team to do this. Young backcourt, inexperienced, play some games in August and try and get some early basketball answers. Well, this trip to Montreal went way above and beyond how I thought it would go. The professionalism and organization of John Dangelas and his staff at JD Sports was second to none. From the travel, to our hotel accommodations, to the unbelievable cultural experience and sight seeing, to the high level competition on the basketball court, you could not put a price tag on this trip! More importantly, the people that we came in contact with, the friendships that we established will stay with us for a lifetime. Our personal host, Guinness Rider, made this trip first class. Not only was he a top notch professional in hosting us, but we met a friend and as good a person that will be a part of UNH Basketball forever. Without question, it was the best six days that our basketball team has spent together since I've been the coach at UNH. If any college teams are looking to take a "Foreign Trip" in the future, I would highly recommend that you contact JD Sports and John Dangelas, and he will take care of you and your team in a first class manner. Thanks again for a great week in Montreal."

 

Bill Herrion

Men's Basketball Coach

University of New Hampshire

"John-

     I have now had a couple of days to gather my thoughts from the incredible trip our team took to Montreal.  It was the trip of a lifetime for our team and I cannot begin to express properly how beneficial it was to our players individually and collectively, how extremely well run and organized it was, how wonderful the city of Montreal is, how good the basketball play was (really good coaches and teams), and just how much every single person in our travel party enjoyed themselves!!  It was as good an experience on every level as you can possibly have and that is a great tribute to you and JDSPORTS.

     Our players played against some really good players and teams.  The basketball in Montreal is a really good product that gave the coaches and players the challenges you’d want in taking this once in four years trip.  It was competitive and the X’s and O’s we saw were at a high level.  I know this—to a man, every player and coach improved by going on this tour!!  The city of Montreal is a really cool place!  Very safe, great neighborhoods, and Old Montreal is spectacular!!  And you have the feel of being in another country!  The age of the city, obviously hearing another language more than you hear English is cool, the food, the hotel (great Marriott!), the location……all of that was just perfect.  And the cost of the trip was more than reasonable.  I simply cannot imagine how much some schools pay to go overseas!!  My guess is we paid 1/3 of that to have the very same experience!!

     But the biggest and best part of the whole trip was your “hands on” organizational approach.  Every single part of the day was planned and set in the best of ways.  From meals to practices to games to travel to the games and even to seeing and experiencing Montreal.  Just second to none!  You gave us the confidence and trust and reliability that I am sure is missing when some teams go to Europe or other places.  You are so good at what you do!!  God willing I will be back again in 4 years!!

     On behalf of everyone here at Hofstra—THANK YOU JOHN!! "

 

Joe Mihalich 

Men's Basketball Coach

Hofstra University

''Our trip to Montreal and Ottawa was awesome! Thank you to JD Sports for setting up a great foreign tour for us. All five of our opponents were very good teams and we believe that our guys gained a lot from the trip. Not only were the games good for us, but we were also able to tour some of the best sites in both cities. We had a great trip and I highly recommend JD Sports for when teams come and visit Canada.''

 

Jake Kroll

Director of Basketball Operations

Canisius College

" We've gotten an awful lot out of this trip and it couldn't have possibly come at a better time (...) We spent a lot of time together (...) They (Athletes) spent a lot of time on their own (...) which is great. 

I don't think it could have been a better trip, I mean across the board it basically checked every box. It was a great trip for us!"

(Excerpts from a TV interview)

 

Tim Jankovich

Men's Basketball Coach

Southern Methodist University

"The first ever pre-season foreign tour by a St Francis Brooklyn women’s basketball team was nothing short of sensational. The trip to beautiful Montreal, Canada arranged and coordinated with JD Sports was an incredible experience that exceeded every expectation. Our wonderful hosts, John, George and Michel had every detail of the trip meticulously planned and coordinated.  From hotels, meals, sightseeing and games our hosts were with us every step of the way and everything was done in a first class manner. They provided us with fascinating background about the history of Montreal and their comments helped bring the places we visited (Old Montreal, Mount Royal, St Joseph’s Oratory and the Olympic Stadium) to life. 
 
The games we played were all competitive and were planned by our hosts to be against increasingly difficult opponents…and they were. From a basketball perspective we could not have gotten more out of the trip. We even had the chance to play against the defending Canadian Champions, McGill University! 
 
When we arrived home I received numerous texts from our players thanking us for taking them on this wonderful adventure. The credit though, goes to our hosts who, at the start, were tour guides, but by the end were part of the Terrier Family!!!"
 
 

John Thurston

Women's Basketball Coach

St. Francis College Brooklyn

 
 

"I don't think that I could have wanted more for my first foreign tour as a head coach.  JD Sports was incredible from the beginning stages of planning all the way through our return to Iona.  George did a fantastic job of managing our trip to allow us to truly experience Montreal during our 6 day stay.  The competition was just what our team needed to begin our preparation for this season.  I look forward to working with JD Sports again for our international travel needs.  Amazing people - amazing experience!"

 

Billi Godsey-Chambers

Women's Basketball Coach

Iona College

Our experience in Montreal with JD Sports was nothing short of amazing.  We faced great competition in great venues that will really help us heading into the fall.  George did a fabulous job of making sure that we were able to see every aspect of Montreal while always considering time and our team objectives.  The cost effectiveness of this trip allowed us to give our kids a great European style experience on an average budget.   I couldn't imagine taking a trip that would have been more enjoyable or beneficial for our team.  Thank you so much JD Sports!

 

Jason Mishler

Women's Basketball Coach

Tiffin University

 

“This trip was awesome! Many thanks to JD Sports. The trip was first class. We played really good teams. Montreal is a world class city and we also got to see Quebec City and Ottawa, which were beautiful world class cities. I highly recommend that every team use JD Sports and spend some time in Canada."

 

Pat Skerry

Men's Basketball Coach

Towson University

2016

"Our foreign tour trip through JD Sports was terrific.  We were taken to some of the best sites that Montreal has to offer.  It was really helpful to have a guide with us to explain the history and significance of each site.  They arranged three games for us, each against teams presenting us with different challenges.  We were very pleased with our trip and we will definitely do it again."  

 

Robert Hurley

Men's Basketball Coach

Stevens Institute of Technology

“JD Sports Tours is a class act and everything was top-notch. It was great experiencing all Montreal had to offer including the feel of being in a European environment for a fraction of the price. It is a wonderful city with tons of things to do and our team really enjoyed all of the sight-seeing and excursions. I highly recommend using JD Sports Tours for your foreign tour needs.”

 

Jodie Kest

Women's Basketball Coach

Akron University

"What a great trip we had in so many ways. We were treated like royalty and toured an incredibly historic city.  Our players really enjoyed themselves and it was a great time for them to bond.  The memories that our players will take from this trip will last a life time. The entire team represented themselves in such a tremendous manner. I couldn't be any prouder."

 

Greg Herenda

Men's Basketball Coach

Fairleigh Dickinson University

"Our Canadian trip with JD Sports was a top-quality experience for our program. The training facilities we used were excellent and our players faced great competition. We couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity. Our players also toured several main attractions including world renowned Old Montreal and Ottawa's Byward Market. For many of our student-athletes, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are very grateful and thankful for JD Sports’ top class service." 

 

Anthony Bozzella

Women's Basketball Coach

Seton Hall University

"You cannot and will not find a better company to deal with and handle all of your needs as a group to travel to any country. I have had the pleasure of using JD Sports on our trip to Montreal, Canada. They are professional, quick on their feet and use the best guides you can imagine. You will not go wrong using them.”

 

George Ivory

Men's Basketball Coach

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

It has been a week since our return from your great city, and especially your hospitality.  I simply wanted to say thank you John, George and Francois for your great efforts to make our trip as successful as it was.  You were truly a joy to be around! Every tour, every recommendation and every suggestion you made was as close to being perfect as one could get.  Your professionalism and service oriented attitude has made me a huge fan and the city of Montreal, wow, what a great city, super people and a history that one can’t begin to learn in six days. We will be back!!!

Thank you so much for adding to the joy of our trip. My family and our team thank you.  May you and your families be blessed.  Our success this season will undoubtedly be because of our tour with you.

 

Byron Samuels

Men's Basketball Coach

Florida A&M University

“The cultural experience traveling to Montreal with our boys was absolutely fantastic. JD Sports crafted an itinerary perfectly balancing games, fun activities and sightseeing. The boys were constantly upbeat whether exploring the city’s historical sites or rafting and jet boating in the Lachine Rapids. I recommend this trip to anyone from a first-time traveler to an experienced adventurer, a basketball tour is a totally unique way to explore the world.”

 

Gregg Marshall

Men's Basketball Coach

Wichita State University

"Our trip to Montreal, Quebec with JD Sports was a fantastic experience for our entire team. It was totally worth it from start to finish. Playing versus the Canadian universities was a great experience for our boys and all came back with an enthusiastic attitude for the upcoming season. Our tour guide, George was a great leader and his knowledge and work ethic made the trip a success. Highlights of the trip were the visits to Old Montreal and Quebec’s fortified Old City. Thank you, JD Sports, for a top-class service!”

 

Corey Williams

Men's Basketball Coach

Stetson University

2015

We are so glad we made the decision to visit Montreal this past summer! JD-Sports’ staff were outstanding and John and George were excellent tour leaders who took great care of all the important details: Hotel stay, meals, competition and sightseeing.

We’ve played against great competition, visited beautiful Quebec City, the capital Ottawa and toured Old Montreal and even made some time to play a game of golf one morning while the athletes were on a sightseeing tour.

We are 100% confident that the energy generated from this trip will be a catalyst for a great start to our 2015-2016 season.

 I have known John Dangelas for over 10 years now; I strongly recommend JD-Sports to any team planning on organizing a foreign tour in the near future.

 

Tubby Smith

Men's Basketball Coach

Texas Tech University

Our team’s trip to Montreal was a fascinating experience to all of us involved. From the start, George made us feel welcomed and comfortable. From arranging our meals, to sightseeing, to answering all of our questions, our experience was a complete success. This trip has already had a tremendous effect on our team as a whole. It’s an experience none of us will ever forget.

If you’re coming to Canada, JD Sports is the only way to go. Thanks again John and George.

 

Tim Shanahan

Women's Basketball Coach

College of Staten Island

"Our team's trip to Montreal and Toronto couldn't have been better.  From sightseeing and playing a competitive basketball schedule - everything was covered and JD Sports was there every step of the way.  If you are looking for a foreign tour, this is it."

 

Brian Neal

Women's Basketball Coach

Xavier University

“Our team had a wonderful time in Montreal. It was an experience they will never forget. It allowed them to bond as a team and let them play the game that they love in cities they might otherwise not get to see. The ability to site see and to see the number of different landmarks in Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa made it a trip we will never forget.”

 

Bob Boldon

Women's Basketball Coach

Ohio University

Thank you George for all that did with our Women's basketball trip. It was great to meet you and know that we appreciated your special touch and attention.

The trip was terrific - culturally and from a basketball standpoint. Just what we needed. 

Best wishes as the fall approaches. Thanks again.

 

Gregory A. Christopher

Director of Athletics

Xavier University

Rarely in life does the reality of an experience exceed the anticipation of it.  Our trip to Montreal did. It was absolutely amazing. JDsports, specifically George and John, were the perfect hosts. They went above and beyond for us. Everything was well organized, but they were also very flexible in allowing us to make changes as we went along. George was with us the whole way - he made every experience one to learn and enjoy.
 
 We were treated like a major Division 1 college would be. Our guys got to see the best of Montreal and had a ton of fun in doing so. We got to play against excellent competition, and feel that it will help our team tremendously during our season. I can't give a higher recommendation for JDsports. We plan on going back as soon as the NCAA allows.
 

Pat Scanlon

Men's Basketball Coach

Manhattanville College

"Our young women had a great experience in Montreal.  It was a cross between New York cosmopolitan and Paris culture.  Basketball Destinations provided us with a first class experience from the tour bus to the competition.  It was well organized and the people were professional, but most important to me, personable.  I would highly recommend this trip for any team wishing to go on a foreign tour."

 

Chris Ellis

Women's Basketball Coach

Maryville University

"We had a great time. We enjoyed the hospitality and our team benefitted from the experience."

 

Michael Bradbury

Women's Basketball Coach

Wright State University

2014

“Our trip to Montreal was just right: From the sightseeing to the basketball games, days were full of unforgettable experiences and our team bonded like never before.  Everything was well-organized and we were met with professionalism and class the entire way. The games were competitive, the hospitality was warm and welcoming, a truly unforgettable experience.”

Tom Crean
Men’s Basketball Coach
Indiana University

“JD Sports created and executed a great foreign tour experience in Canada for our basketball program in 2014. John and George were terrific hosts that complimented our tour with a very personal touch. For any program looking for a unique and thoughtful tour experience, JD Sports will deliver!”

Damon Goodwin
Men’s Basketball Coach
Capital University

“We really enjoyed our trip.  Our hosts were pleasant and in touch with our needs.  We got a lot out of the games and we didn't have to fly halfway around the globe.”

Saul Phillips
Men’s Basketball Coach
Ohio University

“We had an excellent experience with our basketball tour with JD Sports and I would highly recommend it to others.  George and John were great hosts and took care of every detail.  Our players, coaches and fans all had a great time in Canada and would do it again.”

Jim Schaus
Director of Athletics
Ohio University

“The Manhattan College Woman's basketball team had a fantastic experience in the Montreal area this past summer. JD sports ran everything for us from start to finish. George and John are coaches and they know exactly what it takes to have a very fun, positive experience. They are completely hands on and great people to be around. I honestly don't know why anyone would look elsewhere when booking a Canadian tour.”

John Olenowski
Women’s Basketball Coach
Manhattan College

“JD Sports was a tremendous host and partner for our women's basketball foreign tour.  They were attentive to every detail and provided a first rate experience for our student-athletes.  The customer service we received was excellent.  We plan on using JD Sports for future foreign tours with our programs.”

Noah D. LeFevre
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Manhattan College

“JD Sports offered our basketball program at Loyola University with an unbelievable opportunity. We were able to travel to another country, experience the culture of Quebec and compete against great competition when we travelled to Montreal and Quebec City in August of 2014. The staff at JD Sports is top notch; they expertly planned the details of our trip from hotels to games and were available at all times to make sure that we had whatever we needed during our stay. I could not recommend JD Sports any more highly and all members of our program felt that the trip exceeded expectations. Our tour provided the cultural experience we desired and I strongly believe the basketball competition will help us achieve our goals as a team. The trip provided us with great memories and we would do it all over again!”

G.G. Smith
Men’s Basketball Coach
Loyola University Maryland

“JD Sports provided the Fordham Men’s Basketball team with a TOP-SHELF foreign tour experience. We didn’t have to worry about scheduling games, planning team meals, hotel accommodations, or anything beyond showing up - in that, we were able to focus completely on our games and having a good time. They provided us with guided tours of Montreal’s top attractions and were always with us to ensure we were given the BEST experience possible. John and George were attentive to our specific needs and tailored our trip to make it unforgettable for our team, staff and fans. I would recommend their service a dozen times over!”

Tom Pecora
Men’s Basketball Coach
Fordham University

“Our trip to Montreal was an amazing bonding experience for our team.  The competition was great and the sightseeing was enjoyable.  I highly recommend JD Sports.  They will work with you to customize your trip and are with you every step of the way.”

John Alesi
Men’s Basketball Coach
Baruch College (CUNY)

“Anyone looking to take a foreign tour should absolutely consider JD Sports. From my first interaction with John he was always accommodating and helpful. The trip was extremely well organized and John or a member of his team was always there to help us. Our first night we were having trouble finding the hotel and John answered the phone at 1:30am. I plan on coming back in three years for another tour with JD Sports.”

Britt Moore
Men’s Basketball Coach
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

2013

“Our trip north of the border expanded our team’s cultural horizons while preparing us for the upcoming season. From visiting historical Old Montreal and the Notre Dame Cathedral to walking the busy downtown shopping area and dining at great restaurants, everything was commendable. Most importantly, the competitive play on the court was exactly what we needed. I strongly recommend JD Sports!” 

Jimmy Patsos
Men’s Basketball Coach
Siena College

“I was fortunate enough to work with John two summers ago. My team had a first rate experience.  We are a small school but John treated us as if we were his biggest client. John is a professional and he understands customer service. He has had several unique coaching and business experiences that make him extremely qualified to host teams when looking for an international competitive experience.  I highly recommend John and his team.”

Klint Pleasant
Vice President, Enrollment
Director of Athletics
Men's Basketball Coach
Rochester College

“JD Sports and John Dangelas were tremendous with everything regarding our trip to Montreal.  Hotels, sightseeing, games, directions, organization - everything was taken care of and we really had nothing to worry about except enjoying our time and playing our games.  I'd recommend him for any teams looking for a great trip to Canada.”

Bob Walsh
Men’s Basketball Coach
Rhode Island College (presently at University of Maine)

“Our foreign tour with JD Sports was first class experience!  Being a coach himself, John and his staff make sure that they understand exactly what your team is looking for on the trip.  Someone from his staff was with us at all times and they went to great lengths to ensure that all of our team’s needs were being met on a daily basis.  I look forward to working with John again and would recommend JD Sports to anyone that is looking for an outstanding foreign tour experience!”

Anthony Latina
Men’s Basketball Coach
Sacred Heart University

“If you are looking for a first class foreign tour experience for your program John Dangelas is your man in Canada/Montreal.

Every detail was covered from 5* Hotel, quality team meals, sightseeing, and game competition.  Our program had a VERY positive experience and I look forward to working with him again on future trips.”

Carl Danzig
Men's Basketball Coach
University of Scranton

“John's trip was outstanding!  He spent time with our team and made sure everything was done to perfection!  Montreal is a great place and John's knowledge of the city made the trip a tremendous cultural experience for our group.  The games were competitive and helped us start out well the following season as we equaled the Northeast Conference record for non-conference wins in a season.  I would strongly recommend JD sports to anyone thinking about taking a foreign tour and look forward to going back to Montreal as soon as NCAA rules permit us to do so.”

Glenn Braica
Men's Basketball Coach
St-Francis College NY

“JD sports tour was outstanding and met all our needs- great competition organization excellent food a world class hotel and super sightseeing

Additionally John and his staff are very affordable and they give you their personal touch on everything”

Pat Skerry
Men's Basketball Coach
Towson University

2012

“We have taken many basketball trips over our last nine years at Wesley College and I have to say the trip that John Dangelas and JD Sports put together for us in Montreal was absolutely the best. John and his staff could not have been easier to work with from start to finish.   From the beautiful hotel accommodations to the wonderful team meals plus the three tremendous basketball games everything was first class. In addition our players really enjoyed touring the city of Montreal, seeing its beautiful sites and meeting some awesome people.  

It was a five star experience!! Thanks John & JD Sports”

Jerry Kobasa
Men’s Basketball Coach
Wesley College

“Our trip to Canada was fantastic. We were able to play competitive games while enjoying a beautiful city! John and George were terrific hosts!”

Bob Boldon
Women’s Basketball Coach
Youngstown State University (presently at Ohio University)

“Our experience with JD Sports Tour was nothing short of spectacular. I've been on a number of tours with other basketball teams and JD Sports is the best.

The entire Montreal trip was a great experience, from the culture to the activities, food, hotels, and competition. Everything was first class. Everything was well-planned.

The guys had a great time. I would highly recommend touring with John Dangelas and JD Sports. It was a fantastic trip.”

David Greer
Men’s Basketball Coach
Wayne State University

2011

"Our travels were stress free throughout our 7 days. John is on top of his game.  Accommodations were first class, great location, walking distance from almost everything. The guided tours were very educational; Montreal has clearly a lot to offer. We trusted JD Sports with all the details of our tour. The professionalism and level of play of the teams we encountered were exactly what we needed at this time of year.  We couldn’t have asked for better as the trip was enjoyable and went by very smoothly. Thank you JD Sports." 

Tim Jankovich
Men’s Basketball Coach
Illinois State University

"Looking back on the trip to Montreal, I am very pleased with the experience that was provided to both the team and the coaching staff. Our tour was great from start to finish. Undeniably, the most valuable aspect of JD Sports’ services is reliability. The staff is always on time, EASILY accessible for questions and very flexible. They took care of all the stressful travel logistics and turned them into a seamless and enjoyable tour. Thanks JD Sports for making our trip a very memorable one!"

Keith Dambrot
Men’s Basketball Coach
University of Akron

"From the get go the tour was highly organized. John and Peter are great; Hotel, meals, sightseeing and games couldn't have been better. Visiting Montreal, its old town, historical landscapes and beautiful churches is an unforgettable cultural experience that was eye-opening for our student-athletes. I highly recommend JD-Sports for their incomparable service."

Donnie Jones
Men’s Basketball Coach
University of Central Florida

2010

“JD Sports provided an excellent atmosphere, hospitality, and game play experience. They designed the entire itinerary around our specific goals which gave our program the perfect foreign trip.”

Paul Weir
Men's Basketball Coach
New Mexico State