The Arike Ogunbowale secures WNBA award for Cares Community Assist July, the guard of the Dallas Wings. This recognition underscores Ogunbowale’s commitment to education reform and her dedication to using her platform to empower female athletes globally.
With both her parents working as educators, Ogunbowale possesses a deep passion for education reform and supporting schools at both local and national levels. During the month of July, she assumed a leading role in coordinating the 2023 Dallas Wings’ initiatives for Teacher Appreciation and Back to School.
In anticipation of the Wings’ Back to School Night, Ogunbowale orchestrated a delightful surprise for teachers at Speer Elementary School in Arlington, Texas. This institution predominantly serves economically disadvantaged students, with 95% of its enrollment falling under this category. Collaborating with Dwell with Dignity, Ogunbowale renovated the teacher’s lounge, providing new furniture, appliances, and autographed Ogunbowale jerseys. Additionally, one fortunate teacher was selected through a contest, resulting in the clearance of their school supplies list, courtesy of the Dallas Wings Community Foundation.
Throughout the year, Ogunbowale has consistently demonstrated her dedication to education reform through a range of initiatives. Last autumn, she assumed the role of principal for a day at a local middle school, gaining insights into the challenges faced by Title I schools. She further extended her support by providing lunch to teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week at a nearby school.
In recognition of Ogunbowale’s impactful endeavors, the WNBA will make a $5,000 donation to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Each month during the WNBA season, Arike Ogunbowale secures WNBA award for Cares Community Assist which acknowledges a player who exemplifies the shared passion of the league and its players for giving back to their communities.