UNION, NJ – Union native Abigail Han’s favorite sport is basketball.  In fact, she’s so good at free throwing that she was named the 2018-2019 Knights of Columbus 10u International Free Throw Champion.

Han, 11, attends St. Theresa’s School in Kenilworth and plays on their CYO Junior Varsity team.  When asked what basketball means to her, Han said, “it keeps me active and busy.  It’s good exercise.  It’s fun and I love my teammates.”

To win the Knights of Columbus international champion title, Han won competitions at the local, district, regional and state levels.  At the state contest, Han said she hit 23 out of the 25 shots.  The prior year, she won the state title.  On June 25, Han accepted her award at a  Knights of Columbus event.

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“I wasn’t really nervous,” said Han of the state competition.  “All I could do is try my best.” 

Han’s mother Danielle said all of the players on Abigail’s CYO basketball team get support from each other.  “They are like sisters.”  Han has also been a member of the CYO All-Star team.  She plays softball with the Union Suffragettes and travel teams.

Han lives in Union with her mother Danielle, father Paul, and brother Alex, 15.  Her dad, coach of the CYO team, says Abigail practices a lot in their backyard “even when its 25 degrees outside”.  She plans on signing up for next year’s Knights of Columbus free throw competition.

“My school and my family give me so much support,” said Han.  “My teammates are like family to me.”  Han said she hopes to become a radiologist because “I want to be a doctor, but I don’t want to see a lot of blood.”