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Amobi Okugo is proof nobody is too busy to give back

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Amobi Okugo is proof nobody is too busy to give back

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When Amobi Okugo isn’t playing professional soccer, going to school and studying for his master’s degree in sports law, or working on several different entrepreneurial ventures, he’s giving back. As a first-generation Nigerian American, Amobi founded OK U GO to help children from low-income backgrounds unearth their talents and passions to build a better life not only for themselves, but for their families and communities as well. We sat down with Amobi to learn more. – KH

 

Tell us about yourself – who is Amobi Okugo?

I’m a first-generation Nigerian American who is the oldest of four siblings. I’m someone who values family, honor, loyalty, and impact, and yearns for constant growth. Although I’ve been defined as a professional soccer player I’ve continued to do other things that speak more to who I am. I consider myself a connector, someone who’s able to get along with many different groups and bring them together for their ultimate purpose.

 

Why did you start your Foundation, OK U GO?

I started the OK U GO Foundation in order to take advantage of the platform that I was given and give impact to children that are less fortunate. Growing up my parents sacrificed so much for me and my siblings to get to the places we are now. Unfortunately, some of the people I played with who were just as talented didn’t have that opportunity to stay in the sport or make a career out of it. Our objective with Ok U Go is to give children from low-income backgrounds the resources to help better themselves and their communities.

 

What is the most rewarding aspect of running your Foundation?

We recently held our first-ever clinic that provided a free soccer training session to over 100 kids. It was amazing to see the kids in their element and the parents happy to give their kids an opportunity to get better without having to pay an arm and a leg for a soccer camp. Being able to give accessible services to not only play soccer but to get healthy and fit, and build relationships is what was so rewarding. We also raised money and school supplies that we donated to the local community center.

 

 

What inspires you to continually grow and improve?

Understanding how fortunate I am to be in the situation I’m in, anything else but continually growing and improving would be a waste of the blessings that I’ve been so lucky to receive!

 

You have a busy life – how do you balance all of your passions and responsibilities?

Google Calendar, my journal, and time blocking.  Without those three things, it would be nearly impossible. I’ve really focused this year on staying away from distractions as well, whether it’s being on my phone while working or watching TV while trying to do homework…I’m really zeroing in on focusing on the one thing I need to get done.

 

If you aren’t working what do you like to do?

Fly my drone, read, watch TV, or host trivia and game nights!

 

If you could spend time with any kind human in history, who would that be and what would you do together?

Tough question! I would probably spend it with Martin Luther King Jr. We would honestly just go to dinner, I would love to just have a solid conversation with the guy over some really good food.

 

What role does kindness play in your life?

Kindness plays a significant role in my life. For me personally, I truly believe that what you give you will receive, and kindness fits into that theme. When you are genuinely invested in helping others that’s the biggest impact you can have on someone. Everyone dies but how many people can say they helped someone through an act of kindness that will stand the test of time?

About Amobi:

Amobi is from Nigeria and currently lives in Austin, Texas, by way of Sacramento, California. Amobi is passionate about  sports, business, networking, marketing, impact, and diversity.

“All you can do is all you can do, and all you can do is enough.” – Amobi Okugo

 

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