Okafor to Represent TSU at NCAA Student-Athlete Conference
Thursday, March 12, 2009

Nashville --- Tennessee State University women's basketball player Oby Okafor has been selected to participate in the 2009 NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference.


The Conference provides NCAA student-athletes with a forum to openly discuss issues that may affect them on their campuses and in their communities, while also providing them with the opportunity to enhance their leadership, communication, decision-making and problem solving skills.


The conference also promotes better communication among student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and communities. The five-day leadership conference consists of daily exercises and activities to help the student-athletes develop as individuals and as contributing members to a group.


"Other student-athletes that have been selected to participate in the NCAA National Leadership Conference include; Carlos Jones FB, Antonio Hefner FB, and Melanie Cruz SB and now to have Oby Okafor join the ranks is very impressive,” commented SWA Valencia Jordan. “Each institution is given the opportunity to nominate four student-athletes (two males and two females) who demonstrate great leadership within their teams and on their perspective campus”


Football’s Duvall Young was selected as the alternate participant while volleyball’s Yamari Padilla-Collazo and Tennis’ Aaron Fields were also nominated.


“The key to the selection is that the student-athletes must submit an essay defining different aspects of leadership.  I was moved to tears myself with Oby's expression of humility as she defined leadership and told why she would be an asset to the conference if selected. Community service participation was also an integral part of the selection process, added Jordan” 


Okafor, a native of Rolla, Missouri, is very active at TSU. In addition to her affiliation with the women’s basketball team, Okafor is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Leadership team, the Restoration Praise Dance Ministry, and the Division I Women’s Basketball Issues Committee.


“I am excited about this opportunity and I am looking forward to being an advocate for change,” said Okafor.


The conference will take place May 24 to 27 in Orlando, Florida at the Walt Disney World Coronado Spring Resort.