Born in Cameroon, Alexis came to the U.S. at age 14 when he was given the opportunity to continue his education and play basketball. Alexis Wangmene graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a B.A. in French Literature. As a member of the UT Men’s Basketball Team from 2007-2012, Alexis served the South Texas community through public service initiatives related to education and health. At the 2012 SXSW Conference, Alexis gave a presentation on “The Positive Power of Sports” – a discussion about the social good that can arise from sports and the community empowerment that can result from athletes that are positive role models. Alexis has played professional basketball for the Austin Toros and teams in Eastern Europe and for the Cameroon National Basketball Team. Committed to giving back to his community and providing educational opportunities to children in his hometown, Alexis founded Leading Through Reading in 2012.