Sixth grader earns trip to Holland |

Sixth grader earns trip to Holland

A trip to Holland with WNBA great Ruthie Bolton at the age of 12 – what could be better?

Well, according to Grass Valley’s Lindsey DeMatteis, the part of the trip where she’ll get to play basketball stands head and shoulders above the other perks. Not a surprising comment from the self-proclaimed basketball fanatic.

This summer DeMatteis will represent Grass Valley and the United States at the Freedom Games in Amsterdam, Holland as part of the People to People Sports Ambassador Program, which was founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.

DeMatteis is one of 1,200 United States athletes between the ages of 11-14 competing in basketball, soccer, swimming, baseball, tennis, volleyball and wrestling against teams from 29 countries.

“It’s really exciting, but it’s going to be challenging,” said DeMatteis who has played basketball for four years now.

The selection process for the experience was fairly lengthy, with it beginning after DeMatteis was anonymously recommended for the program. She and her parents then attended an informational meeting where she picked up an application packet.

After submitting her packet, DeMatteis was called in for an interview and eventually selected to play on the team coached by Bolton – who is also the head coach at William Jessup University. The team will gather for a four-day training camp July 22, with the actual tournament lasting from July 26-30.

DeMatteis is currently a sixth grade “A” honor roll student at Clear Creek School and plays for Clear Creek as well as the Cheetahs AAU team. Clear Creek was the Nevada County Small Schools League champions this season with a 9-1 record.

“She has good ball control, she’s getting her 3-point shot down and she plays with a lot of guts,” said James Scott, DeMatteis’ AAU and Clear Creek coach. “I can tell that if she continues to work hard, she’s going to be a good star in high school and college.”


To contact sports writer Stacy Hicklin, e-mail stacyh@the or call 477-4244.

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