Casper athletes chosen to play for America’s Team at 2023 Down Under Games

Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 4:32 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -America’s Team started as an opportunity for student-athletes to travel to new countries and experience cultures while playing the sports they love.

Two Casper athletes have been chosen to play two different sports with America’s Team next summer. Kynlee Griffith and Aubry Hurst are a few years apart in age, but they became friends while playing sports together as kids. While they don’t play together anymore, they are both passionate about what they do.

“I started softball when I was 13 I played since I was since I could walk basically I started in t-ball and kind of just worked my way through it,” said Griffith.

Griffith is a senior in high school, she is still deciding where she will go for college, but she plans to continue playing softball for as long as possible.

“Travel [volley] ball, I kind of just picked up on it. I played everywhere in travel ball and then when sixth grade came around that’s when it became like official by my first coach and she’s like you’re our setter,” said Hurst.

Hurst is a sophomore, who already plays JV and Varsity volleyball. She has attended showcases and camps all over the region and has gone as far as Arizona to practice and measure up with girls from 3A through 5A schools. She has been projected out to be a D2, D3, or NAIA college athlete.

Hurst and Griffith were recommended by college scouts to play with America’s Team. Both girls accepted their spots on the team and will be packing their passports and bags to play at the Down Under Games in Sydney.

“It’s like astonishing almost because you don’t really get picked that much from Wyoming. You got like big states, like all these great athletes, and just to be picked out from Wyoming I feel like it’s a great way to start from here, from high school, and I’ll need to get better,” said Hurst.

For both girls, being recognized for their skills and love of the game was a shock, but they are excited about what it means for other athletes in the Cowboy State.

“I hope my story will inspire and offer more opportunities for our local girls. I want the younger girls that I teach and coach to dream big and remember to play for the little girl that fell in love with the game. It’s always been about the love of the game,” said Griffith.

After competing against other student-athletes from around the world, America’s Team will give players the opportunity to go on excursions and learn more about Australia.

“We want to give the kids a good competitive experience, you know, getting to wear the USA but just as important is giving the kids the opportunity to go out explore that new culture and the foreign people and its country,” said America’s Team LLC President Brigham Joy.

To stay in compliance with NCAA and NAIA eligibility requirements, the girls have to raise their portion of travel expenses. For more information on America’s Team click here.