|Former Wildcat pitcher Shawn Arthur heading overseas as part of special team|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
June 15, 2005 - For former Sulphur Springs baseball player Shawn Arthur, this summer will be a lifetime experience as he travels to the Czech Republic as a member of the USA Athletes International baseball team.
"For one, I have never traveled overseas and this is kinda like a lifetime experience for me," Arthur said. "One of the things that drew me to it was the exposure that is going to be over there because we are going to be playing teams from Japan, Puerto Rico, Russia, the Czech Republic and all different nations."
Arthur, a junior pitcher at Northwood University, is one of three members from Texas on the team and will be traveling to Prague, Czech Republic, on June 27-July 6 to compete in the Prague Baseball Week.
"I am hoping that this trip will open up some doors for me because I know that there is going to be a lot of professional scouts over there from different organizations overseas and this is definitely what I want to do is find a way to get to the next level," he said.
The tournament is expected to draw national teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Slovakia, Australia, Belgium, Croatia and the United States.
Arthur said competing for a gold medal was a factor is playing for the team as medals for the top three teams will be awarded during the tournament, and also he would like to show off his skills while playing overseas.
"Other than the gold medal, I hope to come back with some phenomenal stats and just shine when I get my chance to come in and play in clutch situations and really nail it down and turn some heads while I am there," Shawn said.
The USA Athletes International is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving amateur athletes an opportunity to participate in sporting events in the international theater, while also allowing them to broaden their educational and cultural knowledge of the world through sports.
Arthur said former coaches and current coaches at Northwood helped him get invited to join the team.
"My name was dropped by a few coaches that I had played with or against during the summer time and some of the collegiate coaches that I had played against during the school year that had seen me pitch or throw," Arthur said.
"I had several coaches drop my name to this organization and to the coaches that are heading up this team going overseas, and that is how my name got the exposure."
The Northwood Knights are a member of the Red River Athletic Conference and finished the regular season 27-29 overall, and 9-6 in the North Conference.