Coming home after a while, Chinenye Ogwumike nicknamed “Chiney” paid visit to her mother’s Alma Mata; Queens College, Yaba Lagos; and prior to that Avi-Cenna International school, in a giveback quest.
The WNBA star, and sports Analyst on ESPN showed excitement, seeing the smiles on the young faces, while she interacted with them, signing autographs and sharing her experiences.
Moreso, she met with some of the players from the Nigerian league at Teslim Balogun stadium in a meet and greet moment and presentation.
While connecting with the players, she sent her elder sister’s regard Nneka, who was unavoidably absent on an assignment with team USA at the ongoing Olympic World Cup Qualifiers.
Speaking with the players, Chiney laid emphasis on Education: “As athletes, we should not ignore other aspects of our lives, rather set goals for ourselves and move toward achieving them”
“Nneka and I were horrible when we started playing basketball, but we were great academically. Nobody thought we would be this good in the game. With encouragement from our parents, we worked hard and it paid off” she said.
“Never use basketball as an excuse not to study, because we cannot do sports for the rest of our lives. When I had to sit out for two years due to injury, ESPN offered an opportunity to work with them as a Sports analyst. Education is the key.” She added.
“With basketball we can be what we want to be. Get a role model and a goal model. My sister is my goal model” she chuckled. “She worth emulating”
Meanwhile, Chineye gave off gifts such as balls, shoes, jerseys and equipment, sponsored by Adidas.