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ERIC Number: EJ849972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May-28
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
An Ambassador on and off the Field
Elfman, Lois
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v26 n8 p10 May 2009
This article features Oklahoma State University (OSU) soccer midfielder Yolanda Odenyo. Odenyo grew up in Sweden the daughter of a Swedish mother and Kenyan father. Each year, she would spend her summer months in either Kenya or Zaire. She believes her extensive travels gave her a global perspective and a strong appreciation for human rights and responsibilities. Her drive to excel on and off the soccer field has led to her selection as the Diverse 2009 Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sports Scholar of the Year. She put on a fundraiser at OSU to create a scholarship fund for high school girls in Kenya. Odenyo has also served on the student athlete advisory committee and tutored other student-athletes for the academic services office at OSU. She's also been active in doing outreach work with her church, which started as an on-campus ministry run by the football strength coach and has now evolved into an off-campus church. Odenyo has taught life skills at a juvenile detention center in Oklahoma City. A child and family services major, Odenyo completed her undergraduate coursework last December and spent this semester doing an internship. Prior to her injury, her plan was to return to Sweden to play pro soccer, but now she is scheduled to start a master's program at OSU in June in international studies with a focus on human development. She'll also be a volunteer coach with the soccer team this coming fall, giving her a feel for whether she'd like to pursue a career in coaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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