Chelsey Henry carries several basketballs in her car; she estimates the number to be about 15.
This is a good example that basketball is a large part of her life.
Chelsey plays basketball for Missouri Southern State University, but sports were not on her radar as a child.
"Most of my team mates have played since they were about three years old," Chelsey said. "I didn't play until I was in seventh grade. My dad had a great influence on me. He saw something in me."
In 7th grade, Chelsey signed up with an AAU team in Carthage. "I was not very good at first, but during that first practice something happened. I had found something I loved."
Obviously Chelsey got better and better and now, as a college junior, she was the third  leading scorer for the Lady Lions.
"My dad used to encourage me to go outside and shoot a hundred free throws, and my hours in the gym helped me stay fit. I found that it all paid off," she said.
Basketball had become a passion for her. When she wakes up each morning, basketball is just something she has to do. "It's something I love," Chelsey says.
Now a wonderful basketball opportunity has come as Chelsey has been invited to travel to Brazil to play basketball. She, along with players from Kansas, Missouri, and Minnesota, will make the long trip.
"We play games five days in a row and then get a couple of days to sightsee," she said.
Except for a family cruise, this will be her first international trip and her first time to fly. Chelsey admits to being nervous about going on her own, although she will meet up with the rest of the team in Orlando, Florida.
However, she is happy to get a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see another country and its culture. She expects her ability to speak Spanish will help, even though the official language is Portuguese.
Besides playing basketball, Chelsey works part time at a bank in Joplin and is studying Business Administration. Her eventual goal is to get a master's degree in Athletic Administration and become a college athletic director.
When she returns to campus this fall, Chelsey has expectations for herself and the team. She hopes the team can win 20 games and make it to the MIAA tournament. For her personally, she hopes to fill a leadership role and be a leading scorer.
But Chelsey has a simple philosophy. She says "There's no time to think about the future. Think about the now and the future will take care of itself."
Chelsey is grateful for all the support she has gotten from friends in Neosho. "Seeing faces I know means a lot to me on the court. And since the Brazil trip has come, I am grateful for the donations, notes, e-mails and calls," she said.
Anyone who wants to help Chelsey make the trip to Brazil can do so by sending a donation to her at 10508 Lime Kiln Dr., Neosho, Mo. 64850. Or for more information on her trip, call 417-658-9110 or e-mail her at