Egyptian Basketball Star Dropped Everything to Change Kids' Lives

Updated: March 4, 2015, 1:51 PM ET
By Alexandra Tomlinson | Special to espnW.com

On an unremarkable day in Cairo four years ago, it was business as usual for one of the best women's basketball players in Egypt. Until a chance encounter with a begging father changed everything.

At 25, Yasmin Helal was working at Alcatel-Lucent, one of Egypt's prominent telecommunications firms, unaware that when she stepped out for lunch that day she would bump into the man who would change her life.

The man didn't recognize Helal as his nation's ...

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