Houston Dash forward Michelle Alozie’s other arena is in the pediatric oncology lab at Texas Children’s Hospital

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — Michelle Alozie’s feet pay homage to her favorite soccer player.

“I love Mario Balotelli and I think it’s unique and fun,” Alozie said. “So why not?”

Why not is a question the Houston Dash forward asks about wearing mismatched football boots. As is a request we have after learning about her other career.

“I was looking for jobs to do something. I’m just so interested in medicine,” Alozie admitted. “And fortunately, Dr. Stevens to me.”

dr Alex Stevens is a pediatric oncologist at Texas Children’s Hospital. Early last year, she hired Alozie as one of four research technicians to work in her pediatric leukemia research lab.

“She far exceeded expectations,” shared Dr. Stevens about Alozie with. “She learned all the techniques we use in the lab incredibly quickly. She is a full member of the team.”

Yes, the 25-year-old is a member of several teams. She is a featured figure for The Dash, a member of the Nigeria national team and part of a team breaking down barriers to help children get new cancer treatment drugs.

“Michelle has exactly what I look for in anyone I choose to work with – she has fire,” added Dr. Stevens added. “She has a desire to make a difference in the world – to use her talents and strengths to the best of her ability, and I love that. It’s advancing the field of pediatric oncology.”

And Alozie uses those talents and strengths at the same time. She’s not just a cancer research tech during the off-season.

“When I’m done here (with the dash) at noon or 1pm I run over to the lab,” explained Alozie, who has scored two goals in eight games for the club in 2022. “Fortunately, it’s very close to our facility, so I just walk to the medical center and help where my colleagues left off. I usually go in at the weekend too.”

When her active days are over, Alozie, who has a degree in molecular biology from Yale, plans to attend medical school. But until she hangs up on her contrasting shoes, Michelle says she’ll keep pursuing both of her dreams.

“At the end of the day, it’s just a passion,” Alozie said. “I’m fighting for that little girl inside me who always wanted to play soccer and always wanted to be an amazing, cool doctor.”

“She will be a fantastic doctor when she is ready,” said Dr. Stevens without hesitation. “She has so many talents and life is short. She is living her dream as a professional soccer player and has the potential to impact the lives of children for decades to come.”

Much like her mismatched shoes, Alozie’s career features two separate jobs that seem wildly different but are a perfect match.

The Dash play their home finals of the regular season on Saturday, the final weekend of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A win secures The Dash their first-ever playoff spot.

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