Speaking of funny names, Jeff Eisenberg, a college friend and colleague, has an interesting story about a junior college basketball player making a real name for himself. And, yes, that is is real name:
Meet God’s Gift Achiuwa, a 6-foot-9 forward at Erie Community College who has already caught the attention of some high-profile Division I programs because of both his stellar play and unusual name. The Nigeria native’s father is a minister, so the first name he chose for his son is a reflection of the family’s devout religious beliefs.
“His name is the first thing that anyone asks about when they meet him,” Erie coach Alex Nwora said by phone. “Everyone thought it was a nickname or something, but that’s his real name. Fortunately, he’s a religious kid, so he likes it.”
See, he really is God’s Gift—unlike many other athletes who simply think they are.