John Ekwomadu, a 2018 Trailblazer alumnus, is a force on the court/field as well as the classroom.
As a boy growing up in Nigeria, he could not have imagined his basketball skills would allow him to study on the other side of the world.
Although Ekwomadu, who was a forward on the men’s basketball team, is a skilled athlete, he views the sport as a learning tool.
“Basketball is an interesting game,” Ekwomadu said. “There are life lessons to be learned playing basketball. It is a game that helps your mind.”
Ekwomadu credits Athletic Director and Men’s Head Basketball Coach Doug Stotler with his decision to attend L&C.
“Coach did everything he could to bring me here and made sure I had everything I needed,” said Ekwomadu. “He even drove to Chicago to meet me at the airport. He was the reason I got this opportunity.”
Ekwomadu believes his success as an athlete has as much to do with his approach to sports as it does his physical ability.
“I try to stay persistent and be coachable. I strive to always do things right,” said Ekwomadu.
Ekwomadu’s mother is his most powerful role model.
“My beautiful mother, with little or no education, has done well for herself,” said Ekwomadu. “She is a successful businesswoman in her own right and a fighter. She will never allow herself to be stopped.”
Faith is another source of inspiration.
“Jesus Christ embodies love,” said Ekwomadu. “I try my best to lead a Christ-like life.”
Ekwomadu chose L&C because it was important for him to attend a school with small class sizes so that he could build close relationships with his professors and fellow students.
A member of Phi Theta Kappa, after completing his Associate in Arts with honors, Ekwomadu will continue his education at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo, where he has signed to play football.
Eventually, it is Ekwomadu’s goal to earn a Doctorate in Psychology and have his own practice as a psychologist.
“Studying psychology has helped me understand people better and has broadened my perspective of other cultures,” Ekwomadu said.