What’s good! It’s your girl Chiney Ogwumike. Here is a little bit about me. I began playing basketball with my sisters at ten years old. Let’s just say, I wasn’t WNBA caliber (yet), but it has been a journey. It was rare to see a Nigerian-American girl – two, if you count my sis and teammate, Nneka – spending her evening on the court instead of being a doctor or lawyer. But we did it, and it wouldn’t be the first time we broke new ground.
After excelling in high school, I went on to play for the Stanford Cardinals from 2010 to 2014, leaving with the all-time scoring record in Pac-12 history (woo, woo!). But my parents always encouraged me to be about more than basketball. I majored in international relations, and was mentored by a pretty cool person, Stanford professor and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She helped me secure a study abroad trip to Nigeria, where I worked with charitable foundation Access2Success and cemented my love for Africa.
Entering the WNBA as the number-one overall pick, I saw some success. I won Rookie of the Year in my first season with the Connecticut Sun. And after two All-Star appearances, a couple injuries and several years with the Sun, I made my way across the country to play for the LA Sparks alongside my very first teammate, Nneka. I was also able to pursue my other passion: broadcasting.
After filling in on several ESPN shows while injured and away from the WNBA, I started anchoring with ESPN Africa, which was an opportunity I’ll never forget. Then, in 2018, I joined ESPN as a regular analyst, and landed my own show, Chiney and Golic Jr. on ESPN Radio, which airs every weekday afternoon. I am honored to be the first Black woman to ever helm my own daily show on the network.
But like I said… my passions extend beyond the court. At home discussing cultural takes and current events, I’m always ready to facilitate discussion among millennials on issues ranging from global issues to immigration, pursuing your passion and timing your sacrifice.