Sally began her work with PeacePlayers in November 2015 as an International Fellow in Northern Ireland. During her fellowship, she helped support program delivery, manage the Champions4Peace Senior leadership development program, and social media presence. Upon finishing her fellowship, Sally joined the PeacePlayers U.S. Programs Team as Program Manager. Her role supports the program design and management process in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
Sally was introduced to the game of basketball through her older brother back in her home country of Nigeria. A quintessential 90s kid, Sally grew up adoring Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. It wasn’t until she moved to the United States at the age of 12 that the game of basketball would become a major part of her identity. Sally moved with her mother and five siblings from Enugu, a small town in southeastern Nigeria to the suburban town of Warwick, New York. The culture shock was immense and basketball quickly became an outlet and a way to absorb her new environment.
Sally played varsity basketball all through high school including AAU basketball. She attended City University of New York, Lehman College where she served as a three-year captain of the Lehman Women’s Basketball Team and led the team to its first ever CUNYAC championship and its first appearance in the Division III NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in 2007. She’s also the record holder of all-time leading scorer at CUNY Lehman with 2,113 career points. In 2010, Sally graduated with honors from Lehman College with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy. She went on to earn her M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Development at Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy (The New School).
Prior to joining PeacePlayers, she served a one-year term as a Lead Coach through Up2Us Sports Coach Across America program at PowerPlay, NYC, a girls-focused organization that uses sports to empower young girls in New York City’s underserved communities. She also worked for a social science research firm where she supported data collection for clients that included New York State, Research Triangle Institute, and NYC Department of Health..