ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Adeja Lambert, a Keith Country Day graduate, is the latest Rockford athlete to make the move to the pros.
She agreed to play internationally in Finland on Saturday during a contract signing event held at Sportscore Two. She helped lead Keith Country Day to back-to-back volleyball state championships in 2012 and 2013. That landed her a Division One college scholarship.
"I hold those memories with me every day, just playing the sport that I love," said Lambert. "Ever since I committed to the University of Michigan, that's when I knew I was capable of playing professionally and being able to pursue my dreams."
Lambert comes from a family of athletes; her brother Alfonzo plays division one football at Northern Iowa. Lambert's father, Alfonzo Sr., says she's earned this opportunity.
"If I do well in the classroom, in school. And I be a good person, and I work hard in my sport, or whatever I'm doing, I can accomplish this as well," said Lambert.
Adeja will graduate from Michigan later this month, then it's off to Finland in August, where she'll play for nine months.
Rockford may not be known for being a volleyball powerhouse, but that never stopped her.
"It's unbelievable, I'm truly blessed and honored that I'm getting this opportunity to play overseas," said Lambert. "And having the support system I have right now is truly amazing and I couldn't have asked for anything else other than this."