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Former Washington player jumps at the chance to cook for the basketball team

WASHINGTON, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) – Lexie Heinold has come full circle.

The former Washington High School basketball player is back where she played college basketball. But in a different way with students.

“Back on campus, I see them every day,” Heinold said. “I can interact with them when they come into the dining room.”

Heinold helps oversee catering and food service at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. His title is production manager for Sodexo.

Her social media followers know her as “The Traveling Baker”.

And a few weeks ago, she was part of a special trip to Arizona. She was on a week-long trip with the UN women’s basketball team.

“The biggest headache on big trips like this is feeding the team,” Heinold explained. “Trying to figure out where we’ll have the next meal, who’s going to order it, who’s going to wait in line…”

Come in, the traveling baker. Heinold was invited on this trip in December to feed the team in their 20-person Airbnb.

“It was something I loved. I love cooking for people and doing it for my alma mater (it was special),” said Heinold, a 2008 Washington graduate.

The former basketball player was successful as the leader of the basketball team.

“It was fun for me to serve them a home-cooked meal while we were there. You can give back in a different way,” Heinold said. “I love pouring into people and being able to pour my food into them is pretty special,” she said.

“In fact, I asked the coach: ‘Can I consolidate my place for the future? Can we just keep doing this?