Aslakson, daughter of Becky Miller and Ted Aslakson, was selected as one of the 12 members of the U.S. Paralympic Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team.
Two of her teammates are also from Minnesota, Rose Hollermann from Elysian and Abby Bauleke from Savage.
“I have overwhelming moments of how amazing it is to have this opportunity. Wearing USA across my chest is not something everyone gets to do. I definitely do have a lot of pride in that and it’s humbling for sure,” said Aslakson.
Aslakson was paralyzed from the waist down at five-years-old after she was involved in a car crash.
She didn’t begin playing wheelchair basketball until she was a pre-teen and saw an adaptive practice while taking an archery lesson at Courage Kenny in Golden Valley.
She became hooked on the sport and continued to play through Courage Kenny in high school and then went on to compete at the collegiate level.
Aslakson received an academic and athletic scholarship to the University of Texas – Arlington where she played on the Lady Movin’ Mavs, UTA’s female wheelchair basketball team. Her team won a national championship.
Then she decided to pursue her other passion of screenwriting and transferred to New York University. It ended up not being very accessible, so she transferred again to the University of Arizona and played on their team for two years.