June was quite the memorable month for local basketball star Carolyn Binder. The rising Rye Country Day junior was first named by Nike to the Top 160 list of sophomores in the country, and then was selected to the 2011 USA National Team for the 12th Annual Pan American Maccabi Games.
Binder attended the Nike Skills and Drills Academy in Virginia, where she learned valuable lessons and was reminded of the importance of hard work when there are so many other top-flight players in the country.
“It was a true honor and it felt good to know all my work was paying off,” said Binder. “The experience was amazing. I absorbed so much from the trainers and played against great competition.”
In late December, Binder will fly to Brazil to represent the United States in the Maccabi Gaames.
“When I found out, I was in shock; it was just so unreal,” she said. “Then a huge smile came to my face and I picked up the phone to call my family. It was a very exciting and unforgettable moment.”
Binder has her sights set on a gold medal, but is also looking forward to meeting athletes from around the world and learning about their cultures.
She added one last thought: “I can’t wait to put on that USA jersey!”