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Ogonna Nnamani On Hazing

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Volleyball player Ogonna Nnamani is a former U.S. National Team Member and Olympic Silver Medalist. She was the Gatorade National Player of the Year, and then led the Stanford University team to two NCAA National Championships.

Nnamani discusses what hazing means to her, and why it shouldn't be a part of team culture. She believes that negatively affecting new team members through hazing rituals takes away time that could be spent on improving skills on the court. While building strong relationships through initiation traditions will strengthen connections among teammates, it is important that these rituals remain positive for everyone involved and don’t turn into hazing.