The USA University Team will be competing at the FISU World University Netball Championship to be held September 2018 in Uganda. Learn more about the FISU netball event at www.NetballWUC2016.com. Interested athletes can complete the application form and return to USANetballTeam@NetballAmerica.com.
1st round of trials, training for coaches and athletes will be in New York Friday evening June 2nd through June 4th in which it will finish at 2pm. If you can’t make this weekend or too far from New York that is okay please complete the application form.
Naming rights are available for the USA Team.
Read below about history of our squad and journey so far…….
Team USA Netball is the National Collegiate Netball team for America, and they traveled to South Africa in July 2012 to compete in the 1st World University Netball Championships and fly the Stars and Stripes for the first time as an all American team on the international Netball stage. In addition to these Championships, the team performed on the floor of Key Arena in front of 8,000 basketball fans before and during the WNBA Seattle Storm and WNBA Atlanta Dream. They also visited Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy in which they spoke to the girls about the opportunities provided through sports.
As Netball is not a university sport in America many of our athletes were new to Netball. For some this selection and training period was the first time they had seen a Netball court or even held a Netball! The Players each had a mentor in the form of an experienced international Player who was on hand to guide the girls in their journey to the Championships. Through a rigorous training schedule, the Squad prepared for the tournament which pit them against some of the world’s best Netballers.
The theme song was a gift to the USA Team – ‘River of Life’ which is a duet between Johannesburg native Lebo Kgasapane and one of our Netball America Advisory Board Members American Idol finalist Michael Johns.(1978-2014) Lebo was a 21 year old rape victim who died of AIDS at the young age of 22. Her dying wish was to sing on a CD the world would hear. Leaving only a 60 second audit cassette behind, Michael wrote a song, incorporated her voice and recorded this as a gift to her parents. Michael was very supportive of our trip to South Africa and graciously gave us this song as a gift to use as it is quite appropriate when he sings “We will always stand together”.