Each week O Heroes sits down with one of our student-athletes to get to know more about them on and off of the field. This week we feature Boseko Lokombo, a 5'11" junior linebacker on the Oregon football team. His dedication in academics, athletics and philanthropy make him a triple threat.
Boseko was born and raised in Kinshasa, Congo and moved to Canada when he was six. At eleven years old he began his athletic career playing soccer but eventually transitioned into playing basketball. However, when he was in the eighth grade, after seeing his older brother play football he began playing it himself. Boseko excelled in football for the remainder of his high school years and successfully secured a scholarship to play for the Oregon Ducks.
Since coming to Oregon, Boseko has been a key component in the O Heroes community. He continuously involves himself in community outreach events and encourages Oregon student-athletes to get involved with his eager attitude and positive energy.
Most recently, he and his teammates visited Riverbend Elementary School to educate students about bullying. They talked to the students about their experiences growing up and gave them helpful tips to stand up and prevent bullying.
In order to continue philanthropy in his life after his time at Oregon, Boseko would like to build a school for underprivileged children in his hometown of Kinsasha. In addition, he would like to start a football camp in Abbotsford that will help kids learn the correct techniques and fundamentals of the game.
His future plans include securing a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication and possibly furthering his education by obtaining a Master's Degree. If all goes well, he says, he aspires to one day enter the NFL draft.
By: Kayla Glanville