Posted at 6 p.m., April 14, 2016

International athletes take a shot in America

Students make adjustments in a different country

Laramie County Community College currently has 11 student athletes who are from another country.

Naseem Hadrab is a sophomore from Brampton, Canada. He is turning 21 in April and his major is social science. After LCCC he wants to play at a four-year school.

Harrison Meads is a freshman from New Plymouth, New Zealand. He’s 19 years old and his major is general studies. After he’s done with his two years at LCCC, he wants to go to a Division I school and play basketball as well.

Ola Ayodele is a freshman from London, England. He’s 19 and his major is general studies. His goal after LCCC is to play at and attend a four-year university.

Dominik Heinzl is a freshman from Usov, Czech Republic. He’s 20 years old and majors in physiology. After LCCC he wants to go back home and play for a team in the EURO league.

Micheal Obindu is a freshman from Ibusa, Nigeria. He’s 20 years old and majors in economics. After his two years at LCCC, he wants to go play at a Division I college.

Men’s soccer

Caleb Rondon is a freshman from Los Oliuos, Peru. He’s 27 years old and majors in Automotive Technology. He wants to go to a Division I school to play or go straight into the work force as a mechanic.

Women’s soccer

Jess Urquhart is a freshman from Sydney, Australia. She’s 19 and majors in general studies. She hopes to play at and attend a four-year college after LCCC.

Jemma House is a freshman from Sydney, Australia. She is 19 and majors in general studies. She wants to play at a Division I or II school, but if that doesn’t work out she would like to go play soccer back in Australia when she’s done with LCCC.

Shauni Griffiths is a freshman from London. She is 22 and majors in general studies. After LCCC she wants to go to a Division I or II school to play.

Eden Stoddard is a sophomore from New South Wales, Australia. She is 20 and majors in general studies. After LCCC she wants to go to a Division I or II school.

“Soccer and the support of my parents was the main reason for coming to LCCC and America,” Griffiths said.

Her flight alone costs more than $1,000 and she pays out of pocket for the tickets.

Griffiths elaborated on how she is slowly getting used to the culture here as well as the language used.

“Being so far from home is the only down part of being here,” Griffiths said.

Obindu decided to come to LCCC because he had seen how successful the basketball program is.

Obindu feels the culture differs a considerable amount because of the way people speak to their teachers and elders.

“Back where I live, the students treat teachers with more respect,” Obindu said.

In Nigeria, teachers are allowed to physically punish students so it astonishes him how some teachers are allowed to be spoken to, he said.

When asked what he liked most about being an international player, all Obindu had to say was, “I’m different.”

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