SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (July 6, 2018) – Most college student-athletes spend their summers working, going on vacation, and trying to stay in shape for the upcoming season.
For Western New England University rising sophomore Lauren Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) of the women's basketball team, this summer will be a little bit different.
Chadwick was selected to represent her country at the 2018 U21 World Deaf Basketball Championships in Washington, D.C. from July 7-14 at Gallaudet University.
"I'm looking forward to this great opportunity and being able to reconnect with the deaf culture," Chadwick said. "It's an honor to represent my country, school and hometown at the World Championships."
The five-team women's field features Italy, Japan, Lithuania and Turkey in addition to Team USA. The tournament gets underway with the opening ceremony and games on July 7. The semifinals and championship are scheduled for July 13 and 14, respectively.
"I couldn't be more excited for Lauren to have the opportunity to represent the United States at the U21 World Deaf Basketball Championships," Western New England head women's basketball Nicole Chaszar said.
"It's truly an honor for both Lauren and Western New England University that she was selected to compete on the international stage. I wish Lauren, her teammates, and all of the athletes competing the best of luck. Go USA!"
Chadwick made solid contributions during her first collegiate season for the Golden Bears in 2017-18. She appeared in 25 of 27 contests and averaged 9.4 minutes per game. Chadwick scored a season-high 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting in Western New England's 67-65 non-conference victory at Eastern Connecticut State on December 7.
A native of Gardiner, Maine, Chadwick is a 2017 graduate of Gardiner Area High School. She was a four-year member of the Tigers' women's basketball team, earning All-Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference (KVAC) first team honors on three occasions, and All-State recognition her senior year.