Athlete Testimonials

Learn firsthand how Team USA athletes have grown and developed through our country’s college sports system.

Brian Bell Illinois // wheelchair basketball

Why did you choose your college,  and what did you like most about being a student-athlete there?

"I chose University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana for three reasons - a great coach, potential teammates and the academic school. It felt great being a student-athlete at a Division I school."

How did competing collegiately help prepare you for competing on Team USA?

"Being a collegiate athlete was the opportunity I needed to take the next step towards improving my skills to make Team USA."

How did (or will) going to college prepare you for life?

"By attending college, I was able to learn life skills needed to survive and function in the real world."