Matee Ajavon: ‘My Goal is to Come Home and Motivate Girls to Play Basketball’

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Liberian-born American basketball star, Matee Ajavon (Photo Credit: AP file photo/Fred Beckham)

Having immigrated to the United States at a young age and become a female basketball star, Liberian-born American women’s basketball star Matee Ajavon has revealed plans to return to home and give back through female basketball.

The 31-year-old, who currently plays for Atlanta Dream in the Women’s National Basketball Association in the US, told this newspaper that her goal is to return home and motivate young female basketball players.

“My goal is to come back home and motivate more girls to play basketball giving them lessons,” Ajavon said.

I just want to be able to give back to the game that has given me so much. The only way the WNBA is going to grow is if we start with the youth.” (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The four-time all-big east guard, who immigrated to the US at age 6, recently launched a company, Ajavon Elite that seeks to create exposure for aspiring players who want to further their career internationally. The Ajavon Elite Company also provides training for young and aspiring female basketball athletes.

Earlier in 2017 following the launched of her company, Ajavon told NJ Advance Media “I just want to be able to give back to the game that has given me so much. The only way the WNBA is going to grow is if we start with the youth.”

While in high school, the Liberian-born basketball star led the Shabazz girls’ basketball team to victory in the State of New Jersey’s “Tournament of Champions” in both 2003 and 2004, the first time a school had repeated as champion. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2008 where she majored in Africana Studies.

Ajavon started her professional career in 2008 with Houston Comets before moving on to Fenerbahce Istanbul where she played from 2008-2010. The Point Guard also played for the USA team in the 2007 Pan American games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil after the team won all five games to clinch the gold medal for the event.

Professional Career

  • 2008   HOUSTON COMETS
  • 2008–2010 FENERBAHÇE ISTANBUL
  • 2009–2014 WASHINGTON MYSTICS
  • 2010–2011 ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY
  • 2011–2012 OPTIMUM TED KOLEJLILER
  • 2013- CSM TÂRGOVIŞTE
  • 2013–MERSIN BÜYÜKŞEHIR BELEDIYESI
  • 2014- MARANHAO, BRAZIL
  • 2015- TORUN, POLAND
  • 2016- BOTAS
  • CURRENT ATLANTA DREAM

 

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Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). Anthony has written several sports articles. He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes analysis on Liberian Football.

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