Muna Mohamed

Social Responsibility Program Coordinator, MN Timberwolves & Lynx

Muna Mohamed received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Augsburg University and her Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. Prior to her studies, Mohamed is a youth basketball coach in the Cedar Riverside community. Mohamed is the co-founder of the Cedar Riverside Community Travelling Basketball Program (CRCTB), which housed the first ever AAU traveling basketball in the Cedar Riverside Community. As a coach, Mohamed focuses on providing culturally tailored sport program for East African youth. Mohamed inspires to continue to use coaching as a mechanism to empower young Muslim girls to engage in sports and be an active role model off and on the basketball courts.

In 2013, Mohamed took part of a community-based participatory research project, The Impact of Culturally Sensitive Apparel Co-Design Project on the Physical Activity of East African Adolescent Girls, which designed and created culturally appropriate activewear for East African girls thus allowing the girls to be physically active while still maintaining and respecting cultural practices. During the project, Mohamed help initiate the creation of the first-ever culturally-sensitive sports uniform for Muslim girls, and now currently a part of the uniforms used by female athlete who are a part of the Cedar Riverside Community Travelling Basketball Program.

Shortly after receiving her Master’s, Mohamed started her own business, and was recognized by local and international organizations. In 2019, Mohamed was one of four student finalists in the MN Cup competition, the largest statewide entrepreneurship competition, which supports emerging entrepreneurs through seed money, resources, and support to launch and accelerate their business. Mohamed was one of fifty globally selected to participate in Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators, a program designed to empower rising global young changemakers in the creative sector to drive social, economic, and urban change. Locally, Mohamed was selected as Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Innovator, receiving a 2,500 grant which she used photography as a tool for shifting narratives and to illustrate stories of young Muslim girls in sports. Currently, Mohamed works at the Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx as Social Responsibility Program Coordinator.

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