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Honeycutt selected to play for Team USA

Friday, April 30, 2010

Shelbi Honeycutt has been given an opportunity few her age ever receive.

Currently a junior at Siloam Springs, Honeycutt was one of 10 players recently selected to play for Team USA's Under 19 team this summer at the 2010 United World Games in Klagenfurt, Austria.

The event is scheduled for June 13 -- 22.

Recently on her home court in Siloam Springs, Honeycutt was presented the invitation by Team USA Coach Mike Watkins through USA Athletes International, a non-profit organization.

With Team USA, Honeycutt will travel to three different countries in a three-week span, starting in Italy before moving on to Austria and Germany.

Watkins said he uses a network of coaches and school administrators to find the right players for his team and that's what led him to Honeycutt.

"I know Shelbi is a very good basketball player and I also know she has quality character," he said. "That is the rare ingredient I am looking for."

USAAI gives players an opportunity to broaden their educational, cultural and competitive knowledge of the world, while showcasing their talents on an international level.

Each player is chosen not only for their athletic abilities but, also on depth of character, leadership ability and scholastic efforts.

Honeycutt said she is excited about the opportunity.

"It means a lot," she said. "I am going to represent the United States. It'll be a really good experience to play in the international field."

She also said she hopes to gain something from the different cultures, as she has never traveled overseas before.

The team was recruited from Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Missouri, Georgia and Wisconsin.

They will begin their journey in Watkins' home town, where they will train for a few days before flying overseas. The trip will be about 18 days.

Each player is expected to raise around $4000 for their trip.

Honeycutt is currently working and fundraising to reach her goal of $3943. Those wishing to show support can get details by emailing: julzhoneycutt@cox.net.

According to event organizers, contributions are tax deductible.



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