Wizards intern preparing for Canadian pageant

By RON FANFAIR

Monqiue Redhead is on track to graduate in May with a Sports Management Master of Professional Studies degree from Georgetown University.

The Washington Wizards intern is also hoping to represent Canada at this year’s 60th Miss World pageant in Vietnam in November. She’s a contestant in the Miss World Canada Ontario regionals in Toronto in March. The regional finalists will advance to the Miss World Canada event in Vancouver in early May.

The Toronto-born knows that the road to Southeast Asia will be just as long and winding as the path she has travelled since leaving Canada in 2004 to pursue post-secondary studies in the United States.

The Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School graduate, who averaged 22 points, five steals and four assists in her senior year, accepted a basketball scholarship to attend Eastern Arizona junior college. She transferred to Division One Norfolk State University in Virginia where she was the first runner-up in the university’s Miss Caribbean pageant two years ago.

“That was a good experience and it gave me the opportunity to represent Grenada which was fantastic,” said Redhead, whose parents, Godfrey and Teresa, were born in the Caribbean country. “I like reaching out to people and I feel that the Miss World event will help me to do that on a larger scale. It also allows me to move outside my comfort zone, which is sport.”

Redhead, who also played club basketball and was a program assistant with the South Etobicoke Youth Assembly prior to going to the U.S., has been a Wizards Sports & Entertainment intern since last September, assisting with corporate marketing and sponsorship.

“That has been quite and exciting opportunity and challenge,” said Redhead who aspires to work in the professional sports and entertainment industry in Canada. “Canada is more culturally diverse than the U.S. and you feel closeness to your culture when you are there. I am definitely returning home when I graduate from Georgetown.”

The Wizards have made the news for the wrong reasons recently after point guard Gilbert Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittendon allegedly pulled guns on each other in the team’s locker room during an argument over a gambling debt. Arenas pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge and the National Basketball Association (NBA) has suspended both players without pay for the rest of the season.

Redhead is confident that the Wizards franchise will survive the negative publicity.

“Gilbert was obviously the face of the organization,” she said. “But the Wizards still have a lot of good people doing very good things and it does quality outreach work in the community.”

Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring Redhead for the upcoming pageant can contact her at msredhead@live.ca.

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