Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Imani Dunn

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Imani Dunn

Playing it Smart

For Imani Dunn, playing basketball, maintaining top grades, and engaging in community service isn’t a hassle. Quite the opposite: it has kept the Islanders guard on the right track while at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. 

“I feel that if I keep busy and focus on what I need to accomplish, there will be less room for error,” said Dunn, a junior kinesiology major and Killeen High School graduate.  
Dunn, whose family now lives in Hawaii, comes from a military background that has taken her all over the country. Those experiences have helped her grow comfortable in making new friends and adapting to changing environments.

“You have to make smart decisions on and off the court because it affects more people than just you,” she said. “Talent is what gets you here. Work ethic is what keeps you here.”

After Dunn graduates in summer 2012, she plans to remain at the University to earn her master’s degree in kinesiology. She is inspired by her two biggest fans: her mother, who has always encouraged her to play basketball, and her youngest brother, Micah, a two-time cancer survivor.

Dunn is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a three-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) where she works to get fellow players more involved in the community. Through SAAC, she has participated in several projects for the Boys and Girls Club Halloween Carnival, Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk, Samaritan’s Feet and Ronald McDonald.

Currently, Dunn is training to become an Islander athlete mentor. She has volunteered for alcohol awareness and drug prevention events and participated in the YWCA Reading Rally, interacting with young girls and stressing the importance of reading. 

“I don’t understand how I do all of these things,” she laughed. “I’m such a quiet person.”


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