Ten-thousand miles and two knee surgeries later, Jess Sancataldo continues to chase her dreams

By Tony Garcia
Medill Reports

Jess Sancataldo has long had lofty aspirations.
Whether it was playing four sports at a time when she was a child or joining the Australian National team for Handball in high school, Sancataldo has always pushed herself.

In eighth grade, she made the decision she wanted to play collegiate basketball in America.

That journey wasn’t easy and despite being met with her largest obstacle yet this offseason, Sancataldo continues to strive for her dreams of playing professional basketball.

Photo at top: Jess Sancataldo, a sophomore on the Northwestern women’s basketball team, won’t let two knee surgeries get in the way of chasing her dreams. (Tony Garcia/MEDILL)