Former UIC Basketball Player Empowers Women in Cameroon
Nov. 11, 2013
CHICAGO - Former UIC women’s basketball player Katie O'Donoghue was featured in AtLAS, a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences publication at UIC, for her work in Cameroon. O'Donoghue went to Cameroon for two years with the mission of empowering women. She was influential in starting a Girl’s Empowerment Center and a Women’s Entrepreneurial Program in the villages of Cameroon.
The Empowerment Center was created as a place for Cameroon girls to gather. Each weekend, 20 to 30 girls would come to the center to receive counseling and education on careers and life-skills. The Entrepreneurial Program furthered this philosophy, targeting illiterate women in four Cameroon villages. It educated the women about family, nutrition, business relations skills, and stressed the need for girls to receive an education.
O'Donoghue, a 5-foot-11 guard, appeared in 29 contests over two seasons with the Flames (2007-08 & 2008-09). She guided St. Ignatius College Prep to three regional championships prior to attending UIC.