Aurora University senior Alyssa Brems to play in Barbados
Alyssa Brems’ high character has not gone unrewarded.
The Aurora University senior will spend her summer in Barbados, touring with the Student Athlete World USA team, after being selected as a representative by the organization that provides opportunities for “high-character athletes” and their families to travel the globe competing for the USA.
The plan calls for Brems and her parents to jet to Barbados later this month for a week.
“I have actually been invited by them before, but it never worked out,” Brems told the Dispatch-Argus. “Then, last summer I got a few messages to invite me and I told my parents since this was going to be my senior year and my last year of basketball, I would really like to do it.
While the players and their families have to pay for at least some of the travel, Brems said it’s an opportunity well worth the investment.
“I don’t know who all is on the team,” she said. “I think they are just taking six or seven players because they want everyone to enjoy the experience on the court as well. I love that I will get a lot of minutes. This will be an amazing opportunity and I’m sure it will be a humbling experience for all of us. I also expect the games will be tough because their players love the game just as much as we do.”
Brems said she has been to Barbados on a summer vacation once before, but can’t wait to get back because this time around might be even more adventurous.
“We will all get to take a five-and-a-half hour catamaran cruise,” she said. “Then, we get to go on a Jeep ride through the entire island and have a fish fry. So, while we do have four games we want to win, we also get time to explore a new country.
Brems said even though this marks her final season at Aurora, she hasn’t completely shut the door on a career with basketball at the center.
“I will student teach in the fall of 2019 and hope to get a teaching job no matter where it takes me,” she said. “I have coached middle school kids and would like to teach at that level if it works out.”
Brems averaged 11.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and three assists for the Spartans last season in being named to the NACC Honorable Mention All-Conference Team.