NEW YORK – Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike have always valued education.
So it's no surprise the Stanford graduates wanted to do something to help educate girls in their parents' homeland of Nigeria. The WNBA stars are launching a fundraising competition Wednesday which is open to middle and high school basketball teams across the U.S. The goal is to raise money to support UNICEF programs focusing on girls' education and empowerment.
The hopeful goal is to give one million girls in Nigeria access to quality schooling by providing scholarships for female teachers and establishing safe places for girls to learn. The U.S.-born sisters, who became the second set of siblings drafted with the No. 1 choice in a major sports league — joining Peyton and Eli Manning — figured they could use their clout to help get it done.