Harvard basketball star Chris Egi ’14 wows Middle School students

Chris Egi ’14 had the privilege of delivering the commencement address to the Class of 2018 at Harvard University last month.

This week, the Middle School had the privilege of hosting Chris as a very special guest during their morning Chapel service.

It was the final Middle School Chapel and Dave Stewart, Chapel Coordinator, thanked the boys for their participation and enthusiasm this school year before hitting play on the video of Chris’s inspiring Harvard speech. However, halfway through the recorded address, who should arrive at Memorial Chapel but Chris! The video was paused and the Old Boy had the opportunity to speak to the boys in person.

“So much of who I am today is a result of this institution,” he said.

“This is where I had my first basketball tryout,” Chris said, the first of many basketball milestones in his life: the six-foot-nine power forward was the captain of Harvard’s basketball team this year.

It was at St. Andrew’s that he fell in love with the game. He credits SAC teachers that believed in him and encouraged him to reach new heights. “It’s teachers like that that believe in you, and having that faith in you that helped me reach for higher heights.”

Chris recalled being encouraged in public speaking by Middle School Teacher, David Kyle.

“A lot of the skills I have now in public speaking I developed from impromptu public speaking contests, all the debate competitions I went to, the public speaking exercises we did in class,” he told his rapt audience.

“These skills that you learn here in Middle School are some of the foundational skills that you’ll have for the rest of your life.”

Chris also spoke about the lasting Andrean connections he’s maintained. He’s currently apartment hunting and his roommate is one of the first people he met at SAC.

“It’s crazy the lifelong bonds that you’ll form at a place like this. This is truly a special place. I’m glad to be back and I hope you guys take full advantage of this opportunity.”

Chris made his way to the back of the Chapel and sang the School Hymn with the rest of the boys. Then as they filed out, each student (and faculty member) gave the towering athlete a high five.

Middle School Challenge

Mr. Stewart told the boys that instead of reflecting on the school year that has passed, they should look forward to the year that is to come. He asked them how they plan on challenging themselves in 2018-19. Here are some of their answers:
  • Read more
  • Procrastinate less
  • Hand in all projects on time
  • Practice the violin more
  • Do more community service hours
  • Be a role model
Did you know:
  • Chris Egi gave the valedictory address to his grade 8 graduating class at SAC.
  • He played Varsity Basketball at SAC for four years and captained the team for three years.
  • He won a national championship in 2011 with St. Andrew’s and was named team MVP in 2010 and 2013.
  • At St. Andrew’s, Chris was Vice-President of the Entrepreneurship Club in 2013 and a member of the Outreach Council, Middle School Mentoring Program, McEwen Leadership Program, Extended French Program, Bible Study Club, Federation of Christian Athletes, African Heritage Club, Wind Ensemble, and Cadet Band.
  • He played for Canada's U16, U17, and U19 national basketball teams.
  • In his grade 11 year he was chosen to be the Head Prefect for the following year but declined in order to move on to a U.S. school to play basketball.
  • Chris was cut during tryouts from Team Ontario in 2010; In 2011 he not only made the provincial team, he was named MVP.
  • In 2013 Chris was the No. 2-ranked basketball player in Canada.
  • He accepted an offer to attend Harvard in 2014; he majored in economics.
  • He was the recipient of Harvard College's Detur Book Prize, one of the oldest prizes awarded by Harvard, which recognizes those who achieved the highest academic standing in their first year at the college.
  • Chris was named team captain in his senior year at Harvard.
  • He earned the opportunity to give the commencement speech to his 2018 graduating class at Harvard in May 2018.
Story by Julie Caspersen

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