LIMA, PERU – Rose Hollermann (Elysian, Minnesota) of the U.S. women's wheelchair basketball team was selected as the U.S. flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony of the Parapan American Games Lima 2019. Hollermann was chosen to receive the honor by fellow Team USA members.
“The Parapan Games have always been really special to me because it's where I started my international career back in 2011,” Hollermann said. “I am filled with pride and honor that I have been granted the responsibility to carry our flag in. There's nothing better than being able to represent my family, team and country.”
While competing in Lima, Hollermann was in the top five of the tournament for points, rebounds and assists. Yet one of the biggest plays for the Parapan silver medalist was off the court. The women’s team hosted a clinic with local athletes on Aug. 25, and Hollermann gifted a local Peruvian athlete her old basketball chair. The recipient was moved to tears when Hollermann surprised her with the gift.
Hollermann made her Paralympic debut in London in 2012 as the youngest member of the women's basketball team at only 15 years old. She went on to become a Paralympic gold medalist in Rio in 2016. She is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where she played collegiately.
The 2019 Parapan American Games began on Aug. 23 and conclude on Sept. 1 in Lima. The Games included more than 1,890 athletes from 33 nations participating in 17 sports and 18 disciplines. Team USA includes 257 athletes, including six guides and pilots, who have competed in 16 sports.
*Article courtesy of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee