Brevard, N.C. - Another Tornado athlete is headed overseas this summer as BC volleyball standout Brooke Seaman will be heading to Buenos Aires, Argentina from June 16-25 as she joins nine other collegiate players from across the nation on a USA Athletes International (USAAI) Friendship Tour. Seaman is the third Tornado athlete to go overseas, joining cyclists Tristan Cowie (Germany) and Marshal Hartley (Spain).
Seaman was originally scheduled to go to Holland, but due to complications that arose, the trip was cancelled and she was placed on the trip going to South America. Throughout her time in Argentina, Seaman will be playing in a series of games against local competitive club teams, while getting to experience and learn about the country. She will also be participating on various tours and other activities and will work in volleyball clinics where her group will help teach younger aspiring players in developing areas. Seaman will be providing a daily blog on the BCTornados website during her time in Argentina so friends, family and the BC community can follow her journey.
A 2008 2nd Team All-SAC member, the rising senior led the South Atlantic Conference in both hitting percentage (34%) and blocks per game (0.96) and was ranked in the top 40 among Division II volleyball players in hitting percentage (31st) and kills per set (3.65, 36th)
Brevard head volleyball coach, Brenda Skeffington looks forward to next season with Seaman as she said, “Brooke Seaman is the hardest working athletes that I have coached in 25 years. She has improved her personal game more than any other player that I have coached at Brevard and I look forward to seeing her senior year, after an opportunity to play in Argentina.”
Seaman credits Coach Skeffington on informing her of this opportunity and the benefits of partaking in this experience and wants to thank Compliance Director Ginny Alexander for helping her along the way, as well as the numerous students, faculty and staff members who helped her as she raised funds for the trip.
On a personal note, Seaman had the following to say about her opportunity, “I am extremely excited to take part in this adventure. It has been a dream of mine since I was a kid to wear the letters USA across my chest. I played many sports when I was young, and I didn’t know which one was going to lead me to this point, but when I started playing volleyball again in 11th grade, I knew it was going to be the sport to lead me to my dream. This is just another huge step toward bigger goals of mine, and I get more and more excited about the future with every breath I take!”
USA Athletes International, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving amateur athletes and coaches the opportunity to participate in international Olympic-style sporting events throughout the world, while also allowing them to broaden their educational and cultural knowledge of the world through experience.
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