Team USA women’s wheelchair basketball player Rose Hollermann has over a decade of experience playing on the international stage. She was selected to her first senior national team in 2011 and at 15 years old, was the youngest player to ever make Team USA. While playing internationally, she has won three gold, two silver, and two bronze medals. With the 2023 Parapan-Am Games and 2024 Paralympics fast approaching, Hollermann will again be a key player for Team USA as they seek to return to the sport's top.
In addition to the international accolades, Hollermann racked up an impressive list of accomplishments at the junior and collegiate levels as well. She won four NWBA Junior National Championships (including a run of three straight from 2008 to 2010) with Courage Kenny in Minnesota and two NWBA Intercollegiate National Championships with the University of Texas-Arlington in 2016 and 2018. Hollermann’s individual accomplishments in junior and collegiate play were equally impressive, as she was a five-time NWBA Varsity MVP and a three-time Intercollegiate Player of the Year.
Of all her accomplishments on the basketball court, what’s Hollermann most proud of? “Other than the gold medals, definitely the two college national championships,” she said. “At UTA, we had to build the program from the ground up, and it was very rewarding to see that pay off.” Texas-Arlington’s women’s wheelchair basketball program began in 2013, and just three seasons later, the team won its first national title. Two years after that, the Lady Movin’ Mavs were champions again, and Hollermann played a huge role in helping her school become among the best in the country in women’s wheelchair basketball in such a short time.
Looking ahead to the upcoming Parapan-Am Games and Paralympics, the Team USA women will be looking to earn their first gold medal in any competition since the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. They’ve come close several times since then but haven’t gotten to the top of the podium. Hollermann thinks the current USA roster is capable of getting it done. “Our main goal is to get back to the top,” she said. “I think this is one of the deepest and most talented teams we’ve ever had.”