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BASKETBALL: Women's team short of funds to travel to FIBA Championships

Published:Monday | September 9, 2013 | 12:21 PM

With two weeks before departing for the FIBA America’s Championships in Mexico, Jamaica’s national women’s basketball team is short of cash.

The team, led by Simone Edwards who had a successful career with the Seattle Storm, needs about US$50,000.

Some of the money would be required to get locally based players to fly to the United States for training camps, as well as to cover expenses like accommodation once they get to Mexico.

Edwards says some of the players are making a lot of sacrifice for their country and they are not getting much in return.

Edward explains that players have made a lot of sacrifices such as leaving their jobs to play for Jamaica and they are not getting paid.

The team also includes Monique Salmon, Shenneika Smith, Angelee LaTouche, Tarita Gordon, Vanessa Gidden, and Tajay Ashmeade. Each of these players has represented her respective college and in the case of Smith, was selected by the New York Liberty in the 2013 WNBA draft.

The FIBA Championships will qualify three teams to the FIBA World Championships, which acts as a qualifier for the Olympic Games.

The men’s team is currently campaigning in the FIBA Championships of America in Venezuela.


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