Local Basketball Team Heads to China for World Games

An area basketball team is packing-up and heading to Shanghai, China for the 2007 Special Olympics World Games.

Family, friends and Mayor Elaine Walker were all at the Bowling Green Parks and recreation to see the all-star team off.

The female basketball team is one of two teams representing Team USA.

Fifteen Special Olympic athletes and eight coaches make-up the Bowling Green based team.

They had to raise more than $20,000 to make the trip possible.

"I'm excited! This will be my first time and trip of a lifetime going to China," said Sheila Crowson, basketball player for Team USA.

The team will make a stop in Louisville before heading to Los Angeles to meet the other USA athletes.

The state of Kentucky will be represented in basketball, bowling, swimming and track and field.

Team USA Coach's Blog
Special Olympics Team USA Website

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