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WVU’s Alonzo Addae Striving to Motivate Others

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Life has been different for everyone this year. During quarantine, people had to find a way to occupy their time at home.

For West Virginia’s Alonzo Addae, he found a productive way to keep himself motivated, along with others, to remain active.

With spring football scrapped and classes moved online, Addae was left to remain in football shape at home. This led to the creation of “Daily Deposits”.

The nonprofit organization to motivate others to invest in themselves daily by depositing time on their craft no matter what it is.

Mountaineer head coach Neal Brown had always been big on the idea of his players building their brands, which led to Addae’s idea for his company.

“Here at West Virginia, we do a lot of community service and when the whole pandemic started and we had to go home, the coaches still wanted us to try and be involved in our communities if possible,” he said. “With Daily Deposits, I started out posting small videos of me working out every day, which I would normally do and just said ‘getting my deposit in’ which was me depositing time towards my craft.”

The 5-foot-11, 189-pound cornerback instantly received positive feedback.

“I received a lot of feedback from my immediate community,” he said. “My teammates also supported me a lot with it. It just grew from there into what it is now where I have an Instagram page and people back home working with me on it and just trying to stay involved in the community and get everybody, especially during the pandemic when everybody’s inside. Nobody likes to go out but still being active and deposit time towards their health and fitness.”

While Addae’s future options are endless, he is focused on his academics and football. The rest will come together later.

“Right now, I’m really just focused on football to be honest with you,” he said. “Obviously, I brainstorm ideas, mainly with my family. My two little brothers, they love it and they send me videos every day of them making their deposits so it’s cool to see that but as far as plans after, I’ll assess that when I get there. Right now it’s just about football and school.”

The redshirt senior cornerback has been a big part of WVU’s defensive success. Through five games, he has had 35 tackles and two picks.

Photo Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY SPORTS

Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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