With so many celebrities making their own strides in trying to help bring about awareness and action among their fans, it can be hard to keep track of them all — especially the ones with the most potential for good!

 

One duo that is working tirelessly and beautifully to do the most good in a bad situation would have to be Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike sisters. These sisters want to make a difference in a way that a well-intentioned tweet still cannot.

 

“We have little control over getting those girls back,” Chiney told ESPN. “But it’s good to know that people have had their eyes opened. The one thing we can control is how we empower these girls.”

 

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The Ogwumike sisters have created a “competition” for middle school and high school girls’ basketball teams — both in the AAU levels and in high schools — to compete to raise the most money to benefit UNICEF’s U.S. Fund.

 

On the fundraiser’s website,  Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike explain their passion and drive to make this happen:

 

Our family is originally from Nigeria and we both go back often to visit our extended family. We are all about girls empowerment and want to use our platform in women’s basketball in the US to help youth across the globe… Seeing the inequalities facing girls in Nigeria and how much harder it is for them than it was for us – we are determined to do what we can to help!

 

They have made three simple goals that they hope to achieve through this fundraiser: they want to engage American girls basketball players in community service, raise awareness among Americans about what is happening right now in Nigeria, and raise money for UNICEF Nigeria’s emergency fund. The emergency fund helps to support programs such as girls education and girls empowerment among other critical initiatives protecting and saving the lives of children.

 

Visit the fundraisers website on CrowdRise, and donate today or sign up your basketball team to become part of an incredible solution. You could even win a signed jersey from the sisters!

 

Tell us what you think of this fundraiser! Do you think this is a great way to raise awareness, raise money for UNICEF, and get kids involved in community service? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!