OUR ATHLETES IN THE USA

Swimming
Janis Silins - Texas Christian University
Roberts Zemturis - Carson-Newman University
Erikas Kapocius - Northern Michigan University
Agnese Patricija Ozola - Southwestern Oregon College
Emils Pone - George Washington University
Gustavs Baumanis - University of the Cumberlands
Grantas Dapkus - Northern Michigan University
Renars Bundzis

Renars Bundzis

Sport: Swimming

Renars Bundzis - Northern Michigan University
Daria Korostina

Daria Korostina

Sport: Swimming

Daria Korostina - University of the Cumberlands
Sindija Silina - Campbell University

Track & Field
Kristine Strazdite - Elon University
Rihards Sergis

Rihards Sergis

Sport: Track & Field

Rihards Sergis - Colby College
Ksenia Safonova

Ksenia Safonova

Sport: Track & Field

Everything is great so far. I enjoy to be at Monroe College! And the most important is that I got a second place in NJCAA Championships !!! We have a new coach. He is young and trying to implement new training methods. The very good thing that he is also listening to my oppinion!! And, of course, I love to live in NYC !!!

Ksenia Safonova - Monroe College / Towson University
Ieva Vitola

Ieva Vitola

Sport: Track & Field

I'm very thankful to Sport & Education USA! Thank you for your work, care and patience, as well as the leadership and the time devoted to fulfill my dream. I am currently in New York !!! A great school - Manhattan College. Here I have a great coach, who also works with athletes who will go to the London Olympics. Here are knowledgeable and highly professional teachers and full of humor and very friendly people all around. I am very pleased. It is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you and good luck in the future!

Ieva Vitola - Manhattan College
Tautvydas Kieras - Monroe College / Mississippi State University
Rokas Kirlys - Manhattan College
Ilva Bikanova - University of Connecticut

Basketball
Ivanda Hudjakova - Vincennes University
Katrina Vectirane

Katrina Vectirane

Sport: Basketball

Everything is alright so far! It's just a beginning. We have a lot of practice hours - both, running and working in the gym. Soon the official games will start. There is some excitement for me, because we are playing quite different basketball compare to Europe. Our coach is very experienced, demanding but also understanding. There are no problems for me in the school. I'm gradually getting used to everything. Thank you!

Katrina Vectirane - Vincennes University
Anete Petersone

Anete Petersone

Sport: Basketball

Hi! I'm very well! I like the way we are practicing here, although that is quite different compare to what we did in Latvia. Coaches are very friendly and working with us hard. I'm feeling tired after every practice, but already  getting used to it. Living conditions in dorms are excellent - I have my own room. I want to thank you so much for your work, so that I can play basketball and study in the USA!

Anete Petersone - Jefferson College
Kristiana Pumpure

Kristiana Pumpure

Sport: Basketball

Hi! I'm very well. This year, I represent Tennessee Temple University. Here I'm playing both, soccer and basketball. The results are very good. Both coaches are happy about my performance and that is why I have high athletic scholarship. I have never played basketball as good as now. It seems that I have understood how to play "American style" basketball. I am glad that I came to this school. I finished the school year with average grade of 3.89 !!! (maximum is 4.00).

Kristiana Pumpure - Lindsey Wilson College / Tennessee Temple University
Alise Samite

Alise Samite

Sport: Basketball

Alise Samite - Lincoln Memorial University
Laura Skudra

Laura Skudra

Sport: Basketball

Laura Skudra - Lindsey Wilson College
Anna Sonka

Anna Sonka

Sport: Basketball

Anna Sonka - Cowley College / Newman University
Zenta Liepa

Zenta Liepa

Sport: Basketball

This is my first year and I really like it. I am in the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and I am very glad that I chose this school, because there were other options. I successfully graduated from junior college with Associate's Degree in Arts, and here I'm taking Spanish major. This year is such a transition year for our team. Everybody has high hopes for the future. We have two assistant coaches who played basketball professionally. That's great to have knowledgeable coaches, who themselves can teach and demonstrate the drills, which they request from us. Definitely, there are many more opportunities to make progress individually. We have also separate physical fitness trainer. Every day is filled up. There is not much free time. In the morning we have training in the gym, then we go to classes, later basketball training of 3 hours and then usually one more hour in the evening. The season has started, and we often go several days in a row playing away. Overall, I am very satisfied with my coaches and the team. I would just like to have more playing time. I've noticed, being America, that very, very important is the attitude. Even if you are not allowed to play, coaches expect 100% support for your team sitting on the bench. If you'll be sitting and showing angry or disinterested face, it may happen that you'll be sitting well for the rest of the season.

Get a good education and play basketball in the U.S. - it is that dream come true. It's not easy and the work load is very high. However, I am absolutely happy and satisfied with where I am and what I'm doing. This is an invaluable experience and years spent in the U.S. for me will always be very special. Thank you!!!

 
 

Zenta Liepa - John A. Logan College / University of Nebraska, Omaha
Edgars Eglitis - Florida Institute of Technology

Golf
Rudolfs Kelle - Erskine College

Soccer
Eimantas Lotuzys - Iona College
Martins Veckagans - Central Methodist University
Aivars Emsis - Central Methodist University
Pijus Petkevicius - University of Illinois, Springfield
Linas Ovcinikovas - Cowley College
Julius Momkus - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Lukas Vaiciunas - Old Dominion University / McKendree University
Ilja Golubevs - Southern Polytechnic State University / Georgia Southwestern State

Wrestling
Ricards Avakovs

Ricards Avakovs

Sport: Wrestling

It looks like America to me is a real adventure right now. It goes really well. People here are very positive, sincere and helpful. Especially, my teammates. The school is very good. I'm really enjoying the time being here. Thanks for the help!

Ricards Avakovs - Minot State University

Volleyball
Anna Lejina - Binghamton University

Ice Hockey
Hardijs Paradnieks - Minot State University-Bottineau / University of Wisconsin

Tennis
Teodors Pukse - Fairleigh Dickinson University
Gustavs Lukstins - Campbell University
Elizaveta Voloshina - University of Mount Olive
Tomas Vaise - Southern Methodist University
Andris Gudins - Fairleigh Dickinson University
Gvidas Motuzas - University of Detroit, Mercy
Gerda Upeniece - Portland State University
Mantas Bugailiskis

Mantas Bugailiskis

Sport: Tennis

Hello, Armands! I just want to thank you for everything that you did for me. I really appreciate that! Yesterday was my first day here and I am very excited about everything. Coach is great! My teammates are too. Fresno is not the biggest city, but it's even better, because I can focus for 100% on studies and tennis

Thanks again!

Mantas Bugailiskis - California State University, Fresno
Almantas Ozelis - Austin Peay State University
Mikus Losbergs - California State University, Sacramento
Lukas Zvikas - New Jersey Institute of Technology
Annija Anna Veinsteina - Eastern Carolina University
Kasparas Zemaitelis - California State University, Sacramento
Ariadna Blinova

Ariadna Blinova

Sport: Tennis

I am very glad to have the wonderful opportunity - to study and play tennis in the USA! I love the whole process of coaching. Coaches are working individually with each player and I see real progress in my game and overall physical condition. The team and the coaches are great, everyone is very friendly. We feel as one family. My studies go well too. Sometimes I have to sit at homeworks a little longer in the evenings, but overall it's not too difficult. In the university I have met many new friends and here I never get bored. I am very grateful to "Sport and Education USA" for your help!

Ariadna Blinova - University of Akron
Julius Tverijonas - George Washington University
Arkadijs Slobodkins - Southern Methodist University