Chico State grad Wondolowski a hero to the Kiowa Tribe

Jul 1, 2014 11:35 AM by News Staff

Chris Wondolowski's status as a former Chico State star makes him a very popular figure in the North State, but we are not the only fans following his every move in the World Cup.

The Kiowa Tribe, a tightly knit group of 12,000 people, couldn't be prouder that one of their own is making his mark at the World Cup.

Wondolowski, forward, has helped his team reach the knockout stage. About 300 Kiowa got together for a watch party to see the United States tie Portugal during group stage play, and many will watch as the U.S. plays Belgium on Tuesday.

Wondolowski grew up in California, but he is connected to his people in southwest Oklahoma. His Kiowa name, Bau Daigh, is tattooed on his right rib cage.

The 2012 MVP of Major League Soccer was becoming increasingly popular well before the Cup. About 150 kids showed up to the tribe's first soccer camp last year, where the awards for excellence are called the "Wondo Awards."

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