Spears Representing Newbury, USAAI in Irish Roots Tour

Photo Credit: Noelle Sass
Photo Credit: Noelle Sass

BROOKLINE, Mass. - Nighthawks rising senior Destiny Spears is headed for Ireland as a member of United States of America Athletes International Basketball Team in 2017, in conjunction with the Irish Roots Tour and The Irish Basketball Partnership.

As a member of the 10-women roster, Spears will have the opportunity to compete against Ireland's best female basketball players; an opportunity only available to a select group including the USA Olympic Basketball Team

"I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to represent Newbury College in Ireland," said Spears. "I've never been out of the country before, so there's no better way to experience another country than playing the sport you love."

The 10-day trip begins on May 22 with a direct flight into Dublin, Ireland. Following a day to recover from the near-3,000 mile flight, Spears will have an opportunity for a day of practice with her teammates, as well as a moment to gather her initial thoughts of Ireland.

Day three will be the first game action for Team USAAI and will conclude with a trip to the Irish capital of Dublin to visit the city's most famous sights, including Trinity College, founded by Queen Elisabeth I in 1592.

May 26 and 27 brings back-to-back games for the USAAI roster, one game in the city of Cork, followed by the May 27 game in Limerick.

After a May 28 trip to the town of Clifden to visit the Gardens of Kylemore, Spears will return to Dublin for two more days of back-to-back games while visiting more of Dublin's most famous landmarks.

"I have been preparing for this trip since the first day I was asked to join the team in Ireland," said Spears. "I've packed plenty of Newbury gear in preparation."

Along with the five-game schedule, members of the USAAI will have free time to visit any significant areas of Dublin, Cork, or Limerick in their spare time.

"What an opportunity for Destiny, our basketball program, and Newbury College," said Women's Basketball Head Coach Marc Taney. "Opportunities, like playing overseas with USAAI, will just increase the leadership opportunities for our players and make our program stronger. I am looking forward to following Destiny and her experiences throughout her trip."

As part of her trip, Spears will be posting a blog of her daily experiences in Ireland with the updates of all events being posted within this story.