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Aptly named because of his ability to jump and slam-dunk, this Brooklyn, New York native is a refined product of a young man who has jumped through many hoops to achieve his goals, and is a great example of how one can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Not only having overcome the mental and emotional challenges as a child/youth through the maze of foster care, but at a mere 5’11, 185 lbs. he is living proof that you don’t have to be big to make a big impact.
Castro played both baseball and basketball throughout high school, but he excelled in basketball. He went on to further his education at Navarro College in Texas (where he made all conference, averaging 21.9 points and 5 assists) and after achieving his Associates degree, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Special Education at Elizabeth City, State University. He was not only an accomplished player, but also an outstanding student.
In 2007 Castro joined the Harlem Wizards, one of the greatest basketball show teams, featuring some of the top basketball talents in the world.
Having many interests outside of basketball, Castro is always eager to jump to new heights. He enjoys playing the organ and drums; and after appearing in a Nike commercial, he is trying his hands at modeling and acting.
When he’s not making personal appearances around the country, you can find him teaching and mentoring students through the Future All-Star Leadership program. Castro cites his grandmother as his hero and role model for preparing him for life and says he feels blessed to share his athletic gift and spread hope around the world.
And…there’s a WHOLE lot more, so you WON’T want to miss this interview! ?
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