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Goddard to Play Basketball in Italy

By Shane Covey
@ShaneCovey on Twitter

Ashley-GoddardBRATTLEBORO >> It often seemed like Ashley Goddard had an “S” on her chest when she was smashing home runs, booting soccer balls long distances and draining 3-pointers while playing for varsity teams at Leland & Gray.

This summer, fans will be able to see the letters “USA” across the front of her jersey.

Goddard, of Jamaica, recently accepted an invitation to be part of the American Council for International Study’s American Basketball Team and to represent the red, white and blue in Italy for one week this summer.

Aside from playing doubleheaders against teams from Milan and Florence, Goddard’s group will visit Lake Maggiore, tour the Colosseum in Rome and explore the Trevi Fountain. The experience will go from July 13-21.

“We are very proud of Ashley and for all her hard work,” said Ashley’s mother, Duffy Chapin.


The 2013 Leland & Gray graduate was a four-year starter for coach Gregg Morrow’s varsity basketball team. As a senior, her Rebel teammates were Jordan Gouger, Chelby Nystrom, Adrienne Derry, Abby Winrich, Alex Morrow, Natalia Coelho, Elizabeth Gallup, Haley Buffum and Casey Williams.

“All through grade school, middle school, high school and now college, sports have given me long lasting friendships and countless memories. But most importantly, it has helped shape my life and who I am today,” stated Goddard.

She is now a sophomore at Johnson State College, majoring in Elementary Education. And the power forward made the Dean’s List last semester.

The Lady Badgers went 6-18 this winter. Goddard started 16 of those 24 games, scored 100 points, yanked down 134 rebounds and had a dozen assists.

Ashley is the daughter of Richard Goddard of Sunderland and Duffy Chapin of Ascutney.