Remarkable support for grief-stricken CSU athlete

The remarkable outpouring of support for CSU basketball player Emmanuel Omogbo continues.

Omogbo, a junior power forward for the Rams, lost both of his parents and twin niece and nephew last week in a house fire in Chillum, Md., just outside Baltimore. The tragedy became national news, particularly after a grief-stricken Omogbo opted to play with his teammates the following night in a victory over Air Force.

To help Omogbo and his remaining family members with costs associated with funerals and other expenses, CSU set up an NCAA-approved GoFundMe account. The original goal was to raise $10,000, and that was eclipsed in a little more than an hour.

The goal was increased several times as donations poured in from around the country and across the globe. As of Monday afternoon, the total stood at $95,000 – just short of the $100,000 goal.

Donations needed

Omogbo, a native of Nigeria who is majoring in Communications Studies, is expected to return – weather permitting following the massive storm that slammed the Baltimore area over the weekend – to campus Tuesday in time to practice. The Rams, who had the weekend off, return to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. San Jose State at Moby Arena.

Fans are encouraged to continue donating. Any money left over after expenses are paid will be donated to charity.