Game Theory Group is true to its mission in hiring student-athletes, typically recruiting current and former student-athletes to serve as interns for the company. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be introducing you to our talented team of interns with a little more information on their background and how GTG’s platform has helped them.
Name: Nkem Ezurike
Nkem is currently a market research intern for Game Theory Group, assisting the team in all aspects of research related to student-athlete development. She is also a forward for the Boston Breakers, a professional women’s soccer team. Ezurike was the No. 8 overall selection in the 2014 draft.
While at Michigan, Ezurike was a standout both on and off the field. She is the program’s career leader in goals (49) and points (118). She was a 2013 First-Team NSCAA All-American and a semifinalist for the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy. In four years, she was a three-time NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region selection in addition to being name to the All-Big Ten team during all four years with the Wolverines. In addition to all her success on the field, she was also a four-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement (2011-14).
Shari Acho from M-PACT recommended Nkem for our internship program and getting to know her has been wonderful. Coming from Canada to go to Michigan to play soccer, then being drafted to play professionally all in the midst of graduating – Nkem handles life with amazing poise. She is very inspiring to get to know.” – Vin McCaffrey, Game Theory Group CEO.
Get to know her a little bit better:
Q: How did you get involved with Game Theory Group?
A: I heard about Game Theory Group through Michigan athletics’ M-PACT office (Michigan Professional and Career Transition Program)
Q: How did being a student athlete help you?
A: It allowed me to have experiences that I wouldn’t otherwise have had and helped me grow as a person.
Q: What made you want to be a student-athlete?
A: I’ve always wanted to play soccer for as long as I could but also didn’t want my schooling to put on hold, so being a student athlete let me do both.
Q: How has being a student-athlete differed from your expectations going in?
A: I think I didn’t realize how much I would learn from being a student athlete and how much I would enjoy it, both within my sport and outside as well.
Q: What benefits have you seen of being a student athlete?
A: My time management skills and work ethic have improved throughout college being a student athlete and only helps after college even when I’m still playing my sport.
Q: What skills have you learned as a student-athlete that will translate to the work place?
A: Playing a team sports requires you to work with other people and find a common ground in order to be successful and that can be useful in the work place.
Q: Has your involvement as a student athlete made it more likely that you will give back to your academic institution (with time and money) going forward?
A: Yes, I think I’m more likely to do so.