Journey of a lifetime

The stats are nothing short of amazing. In the final versus Canada this past summer at the ParaPanAm Games she scored 37 of the USA`s total 80 points on the way to Gold. In her last year as a Junior league player for Minnesota she amazed the crowd as she led her team to a National title over Utah. Amazing is who she is to everyone, as an athlete, and as a person.

Growing up with three brothers Rose Hollermann began playing sports because, in her words, “I wanted to keep with what they were doing.” When she was five Hollermann, her mom, and two of her brothers were involved in a tragic car accident. Rose, and her mom survived, but her two brothers did not.

Hollermann`s mother kept the competitive spirit alive by introducing her to adaptive sports. When she was 7 her swim therapist at the Courage Center in Minnesota suggested participation in the swim program. From there she tried Wheelchair Track & Field, Archery, Sled Hockey, Wheelchair Tennis, and the sport that would become her true passion Wheelchair Basketball. She began playing competitively later that year for the Rolling Rowdies before making it on to the Courage Center’s Rolling Junior Timberwolves. She followed this by helping guide the team to National titles in 2008, 2009, 2010, and in her final year with the team in 2014 before starting at UTA. In Hollermann`s words “The Timberwolves were a group of athletes, coaches, and parents that I received the honor of calling my family for seven years.”

Rose Hollermann plays her final game for the Courage Center before graduating High School and attending UTA. Photos by Jeremy Schack.

Rose Hollermann plays her final game for the Courage Center before graduating High School and attending UTA. Photos by Jeremy Schack.

The journey had only just begun. In 2011 when she was just 15 Hollermann was chosen as part of the USA National team. She helped guide the team to a Gold medal at the ParaPanAm Games that year in Guadalajara, Mexico. She has since become a national treasure in the sport, and has never changed from the girl she was growing up. “I look up the numerous brothers and sisters I’ve made growing up in the sport of Wheelchair Basketball. The people that took me under their wing and let me become a part of the incredible Wheelchair Basketball family”, says Hollermann.

Shortly after winning Gold at the 2015 she posted a photo of herself wrapped in the American flag with her teammates with the words “I LOVE YOU MOM AND DAD! THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!” She says her parents are her biggest inspiration, and the journey they helped start their daughter on is nothing short of amazing.

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