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It is ronic, in a way, that Milton’s Maduka Nwanekezi should wind up with this boy, Ousame, to mentor, to change. “He was a little like me when I was his age, a little crazy,” said Nwanekezi. “I had a temper. Wouldn’t do my homework; I got in some trouble.”
The 21-year-old Nwanekezi is a 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end for Bryant University. Ousame is going into fifth grade. Two years ago, representatives of Big Brother, Big Sister of Rhode Island came to Bryant to recruite members of the football team. Nwanekezi raised his hand.
Nwanekezi, who was recently named Rhode Island’s Big Brother of the Year, is a nominee for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which recognizes college football players for their community service.