About this athlete...
- 2014: All-Star selection for TC Sparkler
- 2016/2017: Varsity Tennis
- 2013-2017: Presidential Honor Roll (continuous)
I was born in Tanzania, East Africa in the Mt. Kilimanjaro region. I am a Maasai and grew up in a traditional Maasai village. I have a wonderful family back in Tanzania; parents, grandparents and 13 siblings. I grew up working in the village, as all Maasai children do. I cooked, cleaned, helped raise my siblings and took care of my father’s livestock. Growing up in a Maasai village is not easy but I was very fortunate to be able to attend a local school in my village.
Through the school I met my, now, American father. He was volunteering at the school when we met. We had an instant bond and with the blessing of my family, I was able to come to America on a student Visa. From there, my father was able to adopt me and just this year, 2017, I became a US citizen. I still go home to Tanzania every year to visit my family.
When I arrived in America I had never played a sport; it’s just not common where I’m from, especially for girls. I began playing softball, basketball and volleyball in 2014 and especially fell in love with softball. It has given me the opportunity to meet so many people, travel and experience competitive team sports.
I now attend Brighton High School in Brighton, Colorado. I am on the Presidential Honor Roll and play softball, basketball and tennis. My goal is to obtain the best education I possibly can in hopes to be able give back to my family in Tanzania for making such a big sacrifice in letting me come to America.
I would someday like to become a Hydrogeologist so I can help underdeveloped countries gain access to clean water sources.