Feb. 20, 2007
On the field, George Chukwu is asked to fill a variety of roles for the Rice Owls, including stepping back from his position on the defensive line to play a little linebacker. While that might seem a little out of ordinary, variety and change are the kind of things that the senior from Houston lives for.
Chukwu is no stranger to his fellow members of Hanszen College, who know him as well for his involvement as they do for his tackle totals. Chukwu wouldn't have it any other way.
"You miss the boat if football is the only thing you do. I am a part of Hanzen College and try to go and meet other students as often as I can. You shouldn't have the "athlete" title first. You should be a student first and then an athlete. Everyone is the same here, we all work very hard. People spend the same amount of time in architecture studios, the music studios, in the labs, etc. We all put in a lot of work. I think the students and athletes are growing together, it is something that we have worked on since my freshman year," Chukwu noted.
At Fort Bend Bush High School, Chukwu first discovered a talent for editing videos and films, and he has nurtured the interest while at Rice.
"I have worked at the DMC (digital media center) for three semesters and have had the chance to help a bunch of students work on their films and videos for projects. I love editing films," he said. He will put that love on display later this spring when Hanszen hosts a film festival that will include several of his projects.
Chukwu has also found himself involved with several projects that will impact the future of Rice.
In January, he was part of the Search Committee for the Owls new football coach.
"I felt like one of the returning seniors should be on the committee. It needed to be someone who was going to be coming back, rather than someone who was leaving. I asked the questions I thought needed to be asked. I wasn't worried about asking them. It was important to find things out about the candidates and pick the best man, because he will be the future of Rice football" Chukwu stated.
He also is involved making calls to Rice alumni as part of the General Fund Campaign, which allows him to help raise the funds that will impact students for many years to come.
"It feels good to know that when you make a call and someone responds with a pledge, you are doing something that will make a difference for years to come," Chukwu said.
He is George Chukwu, #99 in the football program now, but truly one of Tomorrow's Leaders.
Men’s Basketball Travels to Texas Tech
12/02/2016 - M. Basketball - Rice goes back on the road this Saturday, Dec. 3, when it travels to Lubbock to face former Southwest Conference foe Texas Tech. Tip-off is set for...
Women's Basketball Travels to Incarnate Word...
12/01/2016 - W. Basketball - Out to their best start through six games (4-2) since the 2011-12 season, the Rice Owls head to San Antonio this weekend to face the Incarnate Word...
Evans Leads Rice Past Houston Baptist, 90-77
11/30/2016 - M. Basketball - Marcus Evans scored a season-high 31 points and had a career-high eight assists as Rice won its fifth straight game, 90-77, over Houston Baptist...
Stanton Nominated for WBCA Good Works Team
11/30/2016 - W. Basketball - Rice sophomore guard Gabrielle Stanton has been nominated for the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association...
Three Owls Earn All-Region Honors
11/30/2016 - W. Soccer - Rice's Samantha Chaiken, Jenny Fichera and Jasmine Isokpunwu were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) 2016 All-Cent...
Owls Cruise Past Bearkats, 77-51
11/29/2016 - W. Basketball - Seven Rice Owls scored eight or more points in a 77-51 victory over the Sam Houston State Bearkats Tuesday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Men’s Hoops Hosts Crosstown Foe Houston...
11/29/2016 - M. Basketball - Rice returns home this Wednesday, Nov. 30, when it hosts crosstown foe Houston Baptist. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT and will be live-streamed by...
Rice Baseball Heads To The Cuban Hill Country
11/29/2016 - Baseball - The Rice baseball team took to the hills of northwest Cuba on Tuesday (Nov. 29) to close out a full week of its educational and visit to the island...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store