New Face: Yaa Obeng

Yaa Obeng stated that working for nearly three years with expert athletes whose professions might end at any minute enhanced for her the value of education– the something that could not be taken from them.


My father had a Ph.D. in economics and was a college professor for over Thirty Years, and my mother has a master’s in social work. So I matured in a university environment which is exactly what I want to share with my daughter, Gabrielle.

What about UNLV strikes you as different from other locations you have worked or where you went to school?

The desire by the majority of workers to continue to enhance their education.

Where did you grow up and what was that like?

I matured in Monrovia, Liberia, and in Ghana, West Africa. They are both incredible locations to deal with spiritual individuals who really believe in living every day to the maximum.

What inspired you to obtain into your field?

I was inspired to work in education by the method of sports. As a former professional athlete, I had the opportunity to work in expert sports for a range of groups the last 27 years. Throughout those years in sports, I had the opportunity to work with novice and veteran athletes in the prime of their lives, which might change anytime. Education was the only set thing in their lives that would never ever change and they might constantly depend on.

Tell us about your participation in sports.

I participated in track and field while participating in high school in Beltsville, Maryland. From 1985 to 1987 I held my school’s long dive record.

While attending Howard University, I was a modern-day and jazz dancer and ultimately competed in bodybuilding and fitness occasions. Fitness competitions and dancing still are my pastimes today.

Later I worked with a number of teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, New york city Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Liberty, Charlotte Sting, and New York City Hawks.

Is there something people on campus can do to make your task simpler?

Keep in mind the human element. Do not hesitate to get the telephone in order to interact. We live in a generation that is so use to email and texts. I appreciate people who really like to speak directly to me.

Inform us about a time in your life when you have been daring.

That was leaving my comfort zone as a contemporary dancer and taking a leap of faith and owning over 10 hours to New York to audition for the New york city Knicks City Dancers. That was among the best choices of my life and the very best times of my life, living as a dancer with the New york city Knicks and in New york city City.

Complete this sentence, “If I could not operate in my present field, I would like to …”

Carry out as an acrobat for Cirque du Soleil.

What is something individuals would be amazed to learn more about you?

I am an author. In 2007 I wrote a book, My Life as an NBA Dancer; Facts Not Seen on the Court. It was a book about the realities of expert sports truly being a big business enterprise and how home entertainment was an important part of that industry.

Inform us about someone you appreciate and why.

I admire are my parents, Fred and Cornelia Obeng. My parents met in the United States over 50 years back from two various African countries. They both went on to advance in higher education and ultimately ended up being U.S. citizens. My father is not living. He and my mom were married for 48 years and genuinely taught my brother and me the values of dealing with everybody with respect and honoring family above all ease.

Any tips for success?

My ideas for success is to always aim to be the best at whatever you choose to do. Never let anybody determine your worth.

Tell us about an item in your workplace that is substantial to you and why.

That is a photo of my daughter Gabrielle and I taken last November in Wetlands Park. Gabrielle turned 8 last October and it was the very first household photo we have actually taken considering that moving to Las Vegas 3 years ago.

I was born in Liberia, West Africa. My very first check out to the United States was at the age of 2 and I have traveled back and forth most of my life. Once I ended up being a United States person, one of my goals was to genuinely experience all the United States and abroad needed to provide. I have actually resided in nine states and two nations and have actually checked out 8 additional states and three other nations.

My child went to preschool in Washington, D.C., kindergarten in New york city, and first grade in Henderson. When I take a look at that photo, I am constantly advised that we have actually finally discovered a home. We might still travel all over the world, however we will constantly return the home of Nevada.

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