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With his head down, Steve Tchiengang nonchalantly ambles through a group of students on the sidewalk near Rand Hall. His trip is interesting to watch. And at 6 foot 9 inches, it’s hard to miss, too. With a few graceful strides, he’s through the pack and well on his way to Memorial Gym.
Tchiengang, pronounced “CHEEN-gang,” doesn’t seem to mind—or even notice—the stares and hand-cupped whispers of those in his wake. These faux pas are surely forgivable. The man is literally heads and shoulders above them, so who could resist a quick “Did you see that guy?”
Steve Tchiengang is an amazing story! Having watched him grow at Vanderbilt as a player and hearing from those who know him the depth of his perspective, it is truly amazing to see such a young man. He stands in such stark contrast to the many young men who take advantage, and who are taken advantage of, in the high dollar world of college athletics.
God Bless you and your family, Steve! I wish you the best as you use your skills to make the world a better place for those less fortunate.