Junior point guard hopes to play in Australia event next summer and is working to raise funds to finance trip
Savannah Brewington's basketball life has brought her to many places, with many more to come.
Born in Idaho, she moved to Honeoye, where last season as a sophomore she was named a second-team All-State selection for Class D. With the Rochester Fury travel team, she’s gone to places like Philadelphia.
But another trip may still be coming, and if it happens, it will take her farther than she has ever gone before: Australia.
Brewington was invited to join a team that will play in a tournament in Australia as part of a program run by Down-Under Sports, a Utah-based organization that sets up sports trips to Australia for various events, including basketball tournaments.
“I'm still kind of in shock that it's happening, I guess,” Brewington says. “I'm just super-excited for it, I never thought something like this would happen to me. It's just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I'm excited about being part of something like that.
“To be able to play with girls from around the country against girls from other countries, I'm so excited for just the experience itself, it's just going to be amazing.”
To go, the point guard needs raise enough money. About $5,200 is needed by mid-June to head to Australia in July, and so far Brewington has raised about $700. She says her opportunities for fund-raising has been limited, confined mostly to sponsorship letters from teachers and the parents of friends.
She's working out other ways to raise money. A penny-bowling event, for example, will happen in the near future. There, people will pledge certain amounts of money for every pin she knocks down while bowling. A GoFundMe page has been set up, too.
If she is able to raise the money and make the trip to Australia, it’ll be a remarkable part of the journey for a game she fell in love with. It’s what the game does for her, not what she does for the game.
“Basketball just really spoke to me, I guess, when I would play,” she said. “It was just something where, no matter what was going on, I could go play basketball and feel 10 times better. It was just the stress reliever I needed, and it still is.”
To donate, go to the GoFundMe page.