December 4-5, 2018
New York, NY

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Michael Nzei

Student - Athlete, Seton Hall University

Michael Nzei

Men’s Basketball, Seton Hall University

Michael Nzei, originally from Nigeria, West Africa, moved to the United States of America in November 2012 to play basketball at Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York. After two years in New York he received a scholarship to compete in Div. I basketball at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. At Seton Hall University he studied Economics at the Stillman School of Business and is now pursing his master’s in the same school with a concentration in Finance, while continuing to play for the Pirates men’s basketball team.

He always understood how his values have helped shaped his dreams and has used them in his successes. He believes in working hard to achieve whatever it is he wants, while also having faith in God. Leaving home and moving to the United States of America changed his views on a vast amount of topics. This along with new experiences and various learning environments have helped improve his personal core values.

Upon completing his Master of Business Administration, Michael plans on pursuing a career in finance and is open to other opportunities. A big goal of his is to make a difference in his community and become an effective role model to the children in Nigeria. He has participated with his local church to embark on multiple mission trips to West Palm Beach, Florida, where he spoke to the local community and children about his story. He also shared with them on how his faith in God gave him the confidence to leave home and follow his dreams. By also coaching in several basketball camps organized by the church, Michael has been able to use his basketball experiences to make a positive impact. In his last two visits home, he donated basketball shoes, which he received from teammates and friends, to peers back in Nigeria.

Wednesday, December 05

The Student Athlete Experience

One of the most talked-about sessions from the 2017 Forum. Current student athletes, including National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy finalists, will discuss the benefits of playing college sports and their academic, athletic and social experience.

Moderator: Jack Ford, Emmy and Peabody Award-Winning Journalist and Board Member, National Football Foundation
De'Arius Christmas, Student - Athlete, Grambling State University
Noah Knight, Former Student - Athlete, University of Missouri - Kansas City; and Chair, Division-I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, NCAA
Michael Nzei, Student - Athlete, Seton Hall University
Dalton Risner, Student - Athlete, Kansas State University
Enna Selmanovic, Student - Athlete, University of Cincinnati
Jaila Tolbert, Student - Athlete, Virginia Tech