Fashionable & Famous with Chyna and Her Role Model Nisha!

Huge shout out to one of our role models, Nisha!  You’re a huge inspiration to us all at Connecting Champions, especially Chyna!

Chyna, age 15, was already an incredible artist and the best dressed person at Children’s hospital. At any given moment, you could find Chyna painting, drawing, or sketching. We were lucky enough to find two role models who could match Chyna’s artistic ability and energetic personality! 

Nisha Blackwell is a Pittsburgh native, and the owner of Knotzland, a company that makes hand-crafted artisan bowties out of recycled material. Nisha and Chyna discovered they had both grown up in the same part of Pittsburgh and they immediately became fast friends. More impressive than Nisha’s Pittsburgh roots, however, were the bowties she had designed! Chyna was instantly impressed by the creativity and artistic talent that went into the designs. The best part, however, was when Nisha invited Chyna to her studio, to design bowties together! Nisha and Chyna had a blast designing together, and as expected, the designs were incredible!

We also matched Chyna with Sandra Reiman, a Pittsburgh based handbag and jewelry designer. Sandra and Chyna had a great time talking about fashion and designing together, but they also bonded over their personal stories and high school experiences. 

We can’t wait to see what Chyna does next – we wouldn’t be surprised if she starts her own fashion line down the road!


Activity Kits

National Geographic Science Magic Kit

​Help 8-year-old Joe

Future Scientist

Get a science experiment kit to explore with his mentor!

​Help 9-year-old Myla

Future Artist

Get art supplies to create with her mentor!

Help 23-year-old Erik

Future Coffee Barista

Get coffee supplies to learn how to create specialty drinks with his mentor!

The pandemic showed many people what social isolation is really like. It also showed there are many other great ways to connect. That’s why we launched our activity kits. These mailed out packages provide fun activities for our mentors and kids/young adults to do together — virtually.

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