Andrea Aragon and Ingrid Martinez both hail from Spain and have made a home at Ellsworth Community College playing basketball for the Panthers.

Moving 4,600 miles away and going to a foreign country for months on end can be difficult. Especially when the language and culture is completely different. Luckily, basketball is similar no matter what and it is a way to connect two different worlds.

Ellsworth Community College’s Ingrid Martinez and Andrea Aragon knew nothing about Iowa before making the decision to sign to play on the hardwood for the Panthers. Even through some challenges, it was the right choice.

Andrea Aragon

Andrea Aragon looks for a three-pointer in a recent home game this season. She is one of two athletes from Spain on the Panthers basketball team this winter.

Ingrid Martinez

Ingrid Martinez has been a leader on the court this winter, leading in several statistical categories.

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