Chierika's (Coco) Olympic Campaign

$15,871 of $15k goal

Raised by 182 people in 22 months
Chierika Coco Ukogu  PHILADELPHIA, PA
My name is Chierika, Coco to many, Ukogu and I have been selected to represent Nigeria in the Women's Single Scull event. It is my ultimate goal to be the 1st Nigerian to row at the Olympic Games.

I am currently training for 30 hours/week with the top athletes in the Philadelphia area under coaches at Vesper Boat Club and Conshohocken Rowing Club, while conducting women's health research at the University of Pennsylvania. 

I will compete at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France on Aug 30-Sept 6 and 2016 African Olympic Qualification Regatta in Tunis, Tunisia on Oct 5-7th in hopes of qualifying for Games. 

I am not receiving any financial support from the Nigerian Rowing Federation, so my dream relies on your generousity! Money raised will go towards travel costs, entry fees, uniforms, boats, and anything needed to make the Olympics a reality! Please join me on my quest to make history in Rio.

About me:

My rowing career began in 2006 at Mount Saint Joseph Academy, and I was hooked as soon as I took my first stroke. Following high school, I attended Stanford University and competed at the D1 level while completing pre-med coursework. After graduating in 2014, I put medical school on hold to dedicate my time to training.   

I am honored to have the chance to represent Nigeria in the 2016 Olympic Games. I have always felt strong ties to Nigeria as the daughter of Nigerian immigrants. In 2007, I founded a non-profit organization called Flip Flops for Africa and donated 10,000 pairs of flip flops to Nigerians in need. I hope that my athletic endeavors will inspire other Nigerians to take up rowing and experience the same joy I feel every time I'm on the water. 

I have been so blessed throughout my rowing career, from the Mount to Stanford, Vesper Boat Club, and Conshohocken Rowing Club.  I am proud to be a part of the long history of athletes who have raced for the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association and the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia. I am willing and able to put in the training to get to the next level, and I thank you for helping to make this dream a reality!
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Update 14
Posted by Chierika Coco Ukogu
8 months ago
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THANK YOU! I surpassed my sponsorship goals, and I am also ready to race the D-final tomorrow morning 9:40 Brazil Time. I'll be racing for places 19-24 and this definitely would not be possible without you.
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Update 13
Posted by Chierika Coco Ukogu
8 months ago
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Tomorrow is RACE DAY, my quarterfinal sets off at 9:30am (8:30 EST, 5:30 PST)! Top 3 to A/B semifinals, everyone else to C/D semifinals!
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Update 12
Posted by Chierika Coco Ukogu
8 months ago
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Qualified straight through to the quaterfinals not far behind Austria, the 2016 European Champion and Czech Republic, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist. The water was very rough, but I was able to handle the conditions well. Next race is Tuesday August 9th, time TBD.
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Update 11
Posted by Chierika Coco Ukogu
8 months ago
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The 2016 Olympic Games start TOMORROW! I am so excited to race under the watchful eyes of Cristo Redentor in just a few days.

My 1st race is scheduled for 10:10 Rio time, top three advance directly to the quarterfinals! Its Austria, Nigeria, Algeria, Czech Republic, and Togo, tune in on NBC, here is the link to their viewing schedule: http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2016/07/24/olympic-rowing-schedule-rio/
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Chris Nnam
4 months ago

Proud of you

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Anthony Dike
8 months ago

all the best at the D-final,you such an inspiration....blessings

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Wariz Akinshipo
8 months ago

You are what we want all Nigeria youths to emulate and not those bloody leeches in government. God bless you

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Kolawole Salami
8 months ago

Go Coco, we will be watching and cheering for you! Thank you for being so patriotic and inspirational. Blessings from England!

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$15,871 of $15k goal

Raised by 182 people in 22 months
Created June 19, 2015
Chierika Coco Ukogu  
$70
Stephen Ikem
8 months ago

God Bless you and your effort.

AA
$20
Ade Ademola
8 months ago
JH
$50
Joan Hassan
8 months ago
OB
$20
Oluseyi Badmos
8 months ago
$50
Angela Ebirim
8 months ago
AO
$15
Ayo Oyewusi
8 months ago
$1,000
Anonymous
8 months ago (Offline Donation)
1
1
$25
Anonymous
8 months ago
AO
$100
Adebayo Olufemi
8 months ago
OI
$15
Olatunde Idowu
8 months ago
Chris Nnam
4 months ago

Proud of you

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Anthony Dike
8 months ago

all the best at the D-final,you such an inspiration....blessings

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Wariz Akinshipo
8 months ago

You are what we want all Nigeria youths to emulate and not those bloody leeches in government. God bless you

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Kolawole Salami
8 months ago

Go Coco, we will be watching and cheering for you! Thank you for being so patriotic and inspirational. Blessings from England!

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