Young planning for rare international experience

A passion for softball and an opportunity of a lifetime will add up to a seven-day trip to the Netherlands for Boone Central senior Mattie Young.
Young is one of the softball players who will represent the United States in an international tournament in Scheidam, Netherlands January 15-22. The participants will will have a chance to face Olympic and National caliber players from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and other countries on their trip. Along with the competition, they will enjoy such experiences as visiting the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam and traveling to Paris.
The QSport, in its 24th year, sponsors annual European trips for high school athletes in fast-pitch softball, lacrosse and soccer, offering an incredible experience that provides life lessons, positive memories and the opportunity to play for “The Cup” while representing the USA.
QSport director Kirt Whiteside says five teams comprised of athletes from 31 states will be attending Cup 2020. He noted that Young’s team would include 10 players from seven different states.
Members of the North American Select Teams will fly to Amsterdam and spend the first two days exploring and touring Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Teams will then compete in a weekend tournament against national level players. Each team will begin in pool play, with all advancing to an elimination tournament.

Following the tournament and an awards ceremony, the teams will make the short commute to Paris, followed by two days of sightseeing that will include such landmarks as Notre Dame cathedral, Napoleon’s palace and the Louvre museum.
Although the trip is some months away, Young is currently preparing by raising funds and seeking sponsors. She currently has two fund-raising events planned – a car wash at the old Albion Fire Hall August 10 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and a dunk tank at the Albion Rhythm & Ribs festival August 17 (1 p.m.).
Anyone wishing to sponsor Young can also contact Mattie (402-608-0413) or send a donation check directly to The QSport at WSM Enterprises, Attn: Cup2020/Mattie Young, 6640 Home Rd, Delaware, OH, 43015 (be sure to designate for Mattie Young).

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