Missouri Southern Athlete Heads to Brazil to Play Basketball

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JOPLIN, Mo. — A Missouri Southern women’s basketball player is taking her game to another country.

It might just be a round object to others, but to Chelsey Henry, it’s her life.

“I look at the ball and it’s more than just a sphere; it’s something greater than that. It kind of represents who I am and what I’ve accomplished,” explained Henry, a basketball player at MSSU.

She started playing basketball in seventh grade, but the passion for this Neosho native and Missouri Southern athlete started as a sophomore in high school.

“Once I began the grind with basketball, I just spent more and more hours and as I spent more and more hours in the gym, I fell more and more in love with it,” Henry added.

A love that has developed in large part because of her father.

“He would always get on me playing outside and shoot hoops and get in the gym and get those hours in. He was a big influence and where I am today,” said Henry.

Henry was selected to be a part of the women’s U.S.A. Division II basketball team in Brazil for eleven days.

“It’s been a dream of mine since I was a sophomore in high school was to one day play internationally and to see that come true, it’s just huge for me,” Henry explained.

Now, she has a chance to show off her skills with a once-in-a-lifetime shot to visit South America.

“I’m really excited for this opportunity and experience and be able to be in Brazil’s culture,” said Henry.

Henry starts her journey Monday and won’t return to the United States until Aug. 10.

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