Holland Jerrolds, a rising sophomore for the Maryville College (Tenn.) women's basketball program, has accepted an opportunity to train and travel with Athletes in Action this summer. This Knoxville, Tennessee native will tour Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from June 2-13.
The team will host a four-day training camp (May 28-June 1) at the Athletes in Action headquarters in Xenia, Ohio, before traveling to Africa (June 2-13) where they will compete and train alongside the Ethiopian university and professional teams. While in Ethiopia, the team will conduct youth basketball camps, coaching clinics, and provide humanitarian aid to the greater Addis Ababa area.
The roster consists of Lexie Arkwright (Grove City College), Hannah Blakley (Indiana University East), Mariah Danuser (Southern Wesleyan University), Princess'Imani Dawson (Nyack College), Kelly Funderburk (University of North Carolina - Wilmington), Paige Gregory (Yellowstone Christian College), Meredith Hamlet (Valparaiso University), Holland Jerrolds (Maryville College), Aysia Shellmire (Westmont College), Jacklyn Stewart (Desales University), and Bonnie Durrett (King University). The team will be coached by Lynn Plett (University of Colorado - Colorado Springs) and Jacklyn Stewart (Desales University), directed by Athletes in Action staff member Ryan Orshoski, and assisted by Athletes in Action staff members Holly Murray and Bonnie Durrett.
The tour will provide a rich, life-changing experience for all tour participants and offer ample opportunity to share the love of Christ with the people, players, and fans of Ethiopia.
Maryville College Head Coach Darrin Travillian had this to say about Holland's opportunity. "We are thrilled for Holland to have this amazing opportunity with Athletes in Action. She will be a tremendous ambassador, and I know her experience will be an unbelievable asset to her in every aspect of her life."
As a freshman, Holland helped the Scots to a 17-10 overall record while going 11-3 in USA South Athletic Conference action. In 19 games played, she shot almost 42% from the floor while bringing down 32 rebounds.
Since 1966, Athletes in Action (AIA) has been using sports as a platform to help people answer questions of faith and point them to Jesus. The Ethiopia tour is one of nearly thirty international competing teams that AIA will send out this summer.
For more information about Athletes in Action, visit www.goaia.org or follow the team at: https://goaia.org/basketball/teamblogs/basketball-ethopia/.