Omahen Takes Advantage of Rare Opportunity
By: Jill Wunrow
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - After leading her team with four homeruns, 27 RBIs and 24 runs in her final season with the Green Bay softball team, Amanda Omahen (San Diego, Calif.) pursued a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Omahen, along with 11 other softball players, traveled with the USA Athletes International organization to Prague and Vienna to play softball against international teams, with international rules.
"The international rules were hard to understand," Omahen said. "Every time we did something I felt as if they shot us down with their 'rules'. We tended to mess up their rules a bit before we slowly started to just have fun."
When not on the softball diamond, Omahen and her teammates took advantage of the opportunity to experience the European culture, nightlife and food along with sightseeing and traveling.
USA Athletes International, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving amateur athletes and coaches the opportunity to participate in international Olympic-style sporting events throughout the world, while also allowing them to broaden their educational and cultural knowledge of the world through their experience.
"If I can, in the next few years, I would travel overseas and do it all over again, even if it is a 24-hour travel day," said Omahen. "I would not change anything I did on that trip or pass up the opportunity for anything. Words can not even explain the experience."