He was successful, and they played their first two years of professional international basketball in Slovakia. This year, once again, they were able to find a team that needed both of them, Algés, a team in the top women's basketball league in Portugal.
Algés is a town in the greater Lisbon area. It's about a 30-minute ride by electric tram from the historical city center of Lisbon.
Jen and Tina's team is part of a sports club, the typical system in Europe. Their club is called "Sport Algés e Dafundo". Its facilities are located right in the heart of Algés, set back from the left hand side of the street behind the palm trees.
Besides the professional basketball teams, there are also teams for boys and girls of all ages, as well as a variety of other sports and fitness opportunities like swimming, judo, rhythmic dancing.
The outdoor basketball court is the reason that the club appears to be set back from the street in the photo above.
The basketball court is upstairs, over the swimming pool. This photo is taken from the bleachers for spectators.
Pregame warmups are apparently universal. Notice the pink shoes? Those are the same pink shoes that Jen and Tina wore for the "Think Pink" promotion when they were seniors at Vanderbilt. Since they only wore them for that one game, there was a lot of basketball left in them, and they have put them to good use.
Before the game, the two officials warmed up, too, jogging up one side of the court and down the other.
One of the things that Jen and Tina like about their current job is that they frequently interact with the boys and girls on the club's younger teams and in the community.
Tina for three!
Jen scores on the drive!
Tina sets up to take the charge!
About halfway between the city center of Lisbon and Algés is another town called Belém, which is packed with sites listed in all the Lisbon tour guides. Here Tina and Jen pose for a photo in front of the Monastery of Jerónimos. The legendary Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama's tomb is located here.
Portugal reached its height of fame and wealth in the 15th and 16th centuries when their explorers sailed the high seas, discovering new trade routes and earning their place in history books. Those explorers are remembered in this "Monument to the Discoveries."
Everywhere they travel, Tina is still taking photos and happily volunteers to take photos for other people. The Belém Tower is another one of the historical sites nearby, and a very popular spot for tourists.
Right now, Jen and Tina don't know what the future holds. Whether or not they continue to play professionally depends on whether they can find a suitable team, their health and what other opportunities arise. For now, their main goal is to help their team break through to win the league championship. After that, only time will tell.
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Photos copyright 2012 by Whitney D. for VandyMania.com