BlazeSports America’s continued focus on education has paid off for senior Georgia Blazer Christina Young. On January 17th, Christina, a student at Cass High School in White, Georgia, was surrounded by family, friends and Cass High School officials as she signed her letter of intent to play wheelchair basketball at the University of Illinois. Christina said that she knew she wanted to be a Fighting Illini since her first visit to their Wheelchair Basketball camp several years ago. Young will be the fourth Georgia Blazer to play for the Illini.
The University of Illinois has been an avid supporter and contributor to disabled sports since 1948 when they were the first post-secondary institution to provide a support service program enabling students with disabilities to attend. The Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team’s national reputation was built by former players including Sharon Hedrick, Jean Driscoll and Sarah Castle. The Illini women have won 13 national championships including three consecutive titles from 2006 to 2008.
Christina has been a Georgia Blazer for her entire basketball career spanning 10 seasons. She has managed to maintain a 3.7 GPA throughout high school. In addition to basketball, Christina has been a nationally ranked member of the Georgia Blazer’s Track and Field Team as well as a state champion in the 200 and 800 meter for her high school track team. Christina plans to study Kinesiology at the University of Illinois this coming fall.