City of Princeton honors Jackie Young ahead of Olympic debut

City of Princeton honors Jackie Young ahead of Olympic debut
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 7:13 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 9:38 PM CDT
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PRINCETON, Ind. (WFIE) - A big celebration occurred in Gibson County on Thursday to honor Princeton native Jackie Young, who’s representing Team USA at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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USA Basketball announced Monday that Young was joining the U.S. Olympic 3x3 women’s basketball team.

The Las Vegas Aces guard and former Notre Dame standout arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday, so her community is celebrating.

The city of Princeton has encouraged the community to “paint the city” in red, white, and blue in support of their hometown Olympian. On Thursday, members of the community organized a gathering downtown to send pictures to Young, as she begins her journey with the U.S. Olympic team.

She’s replacing Seattle Storm forward Katie Lou Samuelson, who was placed under USA Basketball’s health and safety protocols, deeming her unable to participate.

Young enters the Olympics in the midst of one of her best years in the professional ranks so far.

But no matter what though, Young always has the community’s support.

“It’s very exciting - first to see the Princeton fans back Jackie once again, and this is a huge accomplishment for her to see all her hard work pay off,” Kiare Young, Jackie’s sister said. “This is something she’s always wanted since she was little.”

“She played in a little youth league down at the Salvation Army and that’s where I first saw her,” Judy Miller, one of Jackie’s fans said. “We kind of talked about it then, and said she’s going to be something because she was good back then as a little girl.”

Starting 21 games with the Aces this season, Young is averaging 12.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals.

The 3x3 Olympic Tournament will take place July 24-28.

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