REDDING, Calif. — A local Foothill High School student is getting the chance to play for the USA Travel Softball team in Cuba.
17-year-old Madison Helman from Redding is the only one from the Northstate chosen to be part of this team.
She said she’s been playing softball since she was nine-years-old.
There were twelve players chosen nationwide to represent the U.S. and play against the National Olympic Cuban team in Cuba.
The team will play six games against the Cuban Junior Olympic team in addition to other regional teams.
Helman said they aren’t going there just to play softball games. The team will also get to experience the culture and help give back to those in need.
“We’re mainly there to go play and get a cultural experience and we’re going and we’re bringing bags and gear because they don’t have what we have; so it kind of another social help kind of thing,” said Helman. “[We’ll] take bags and then we give it to them. [We] leave all of our stuff that we’re given during donations so that they have something.”
Helman said she received a letter from the team stating she was chosen because of her grades, character and softball skills.
Helman plays the catcher position on the team and said her family is raising money to go help her go on this trip.