Thursday, 11 October 2012
A professional basketballer, who has played for teams across the world, is beginning his studies at the University of Worcester this month in the hope of starting his own business in the future.
Stan Ocitti, who has signed for the Worcester Wolves basketball club, specifically sought out the University after hearing about opportunities to combine play with postgraduate study.
The 6ft 8in American and Dutch dual national is studying for an MBA, with which he is hoping to one day start his own business providing support for individual young athletes.
“A friend of mine came to Worcester and told me about the opportunities to play basketball while getting a postgraduate qualification,” said Stan, who came to Worcester from Australian side Cockburn Cougars. “There are very few places in the world where you can do that. In America it’s mainly undergraduate opportunities.
“What Worcester provides is excellent for athletes like myself who want to keep playing but who are looking to the future and ways to broaden their knowledge and experience.”
Stan, who was born in Kampala, Uganda, completed his undergraduate degree in African Studies at Binghamton University in New York, and said he was looking forward to getting back into study.
“I’ve not done any study for eight or nine years, so it’s a little daunting, but I’m looking forward to it,” said the 32-year-old.
Mick Donovan, Head of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, said: “It is a great testimony to the University basketball programme to attract such a talented well respected player, who has such a vibrant approach to study. He is also totally focussed on combining study and play is clearly ambitious to succeed both on and off the court.”