Nkili Matthews-Blue has been a big part of the team from the beginning. She has been a team leader, constant hard worker, and phenomenal teammate. She has spent her career at DSU in the Outfield. We took some time to sit down with her and get to know the real Nkili.
Rapid Fire Questions:
Favorite Food?: All food
Favorite Color?: Kili's Color ( blueish, tealish, turquoise)
Favorite Softball Player?: Natasha Watley
First Softball Team Name?: Pirates
Favorite Sport Other than Softball?: Basketball
Dream car?: Cadalliac Escalade
Hobbies?:Sleeping, Eating, Binge watching Netflix and Hulu
How long have you known your husband?: 10 years
Favorite Movie?: Dreamgirls
Pet's Name?: Apollo
Hometown: Waldorf, MD
What is your favorite memory of DSU?
Being a part of a growing Movement Science program that's headed in a great direction.
What's next for you after graduation?
After graduation, I plan on FINALLY moving back home with my husband. I have enrolled in an EMT/ Paramedic program in Jacksonville, North Carolina. I plan on working for a year and then attending a Physician Assistant School.
What is your favorite memory of the Softball Program?
My favorite memory is playing next to Nikki in right field because we click. It's hard to explain but we have a connection where we know who can get to which ball and work to our strengths.
My junior year we stayed at the beach during MEAC championships. It was my birthday and Coach Jackson made it a really special day for me.The only memory that would top that would be winning a MEAC championship.
Describe your teammates in three words.
Funny, Unique, and Lovable
What makes this program unique?
The young women on this team is what makes us unique, no where else on any other program will you find a group of young women who are soooooo different, yet we are able to put our own personalities and beliefs aside to accomplish a common goal. When we're all clicking, it's something special, it's an awesome feeling that I can't describe.
How does it feel to be married and in college?
It's extremely hard at times especially with him being in the military and 4 states away at all times. It takes a lot of communication, trust and patience but I wouldn't change it for the world. Its a unique experience and a sacrifice that I had to make in order for our futures to be the best that they could be.
What was your favorite part of your wedding?
The ceremony was my favorite part. We were previously married in a courthouse so my uncle preformed the ceremony. It was windy, we had to repeat the vow lines a couple of times and our unity candle wouldn't light, but it was hilarious and beautiful; perfect for us.
Whats the best part about being from Maryland?
THE FOOD!!!! Crabs, Mumbo Sauce, Old Bay I LOVE it all. Also, being 25 minutes outside of D.C. so I make the trip often to eat in the city and go to the museums.
If you had one piece of advice for Future Hornets, what would it be?
If I had any advice for future hornets it would be to take care of yourself mentally, and physically. This game takes a toll on your body like nothing that you've ever experienced and if you do not take the proper steps to take care of yourself, you won't last. Also, always always always work hard and never get discouraged or allow others to influence who you are negative.
We asked some of her teammates to tell us what they like the best about Kili.
What's it like being co-captain with NKili?
Brock: I love Nkili, she's a beautiful person, and I love hearing about her life. She makes being a captain enjoyable because she takes initiative. I admire her because she goes after her dreams and has a good head on her shoulders.
What's your favorite part about Nkili?
Tara: My favorite part about Kili is that she is a hard worker, very funny, and a great captain. She is always determined to get better on and off the field.
What's it like being roommates with Nkili?
Nikki: It's great, we grunt past each other every morning to say hi. It's nice to go on adventures with her.