The Odyssey Trust, owners of the SSE Arena, home of the Belfast Giants, hosted Northeastern University, Umass Lowell, Colgate University and Brown University from the prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to compete in Belfast’s first ‘Friendship Four Tournament” over Thanksgiving weekend (Friday November 26th and Saturday 27th November 2015).
The Festival of STEM ran alongside with the Friendship Four Tournament during the month of November. The event, which had the support of US State Representative Drew O’Brien and the Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston, offered a unique opportunity to strengthen the links between Northern Ireland’s FE and Third Level Education sectors with the US and promote STEM in Sport to a wide audience.
On November 24th and 25th, 2017 the third annual Friendship Four will be taking place at the SSE Arena Belfast. The 2017 Festival of STEM will again be taking place in November featuring guest speakers in STEM related subjects.