Born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1986, where sports were my life and my ticket out of my neighborhood. I attended Jean Ribault Senior High School, where I was a true student-athlete. I played football and basketball and ran track. In track, I was on a state team, in the 4 by 4. In football, I was in the top 5 in the state of Florida, and in basketball, I was All-Conference, 1 Team All-Defense, and nominated Runner-Up for "Mr. Basketball”, in the state of Florida. I received offers from top D-1 schools in Florida, including Florida State, plus South Carolina and Tennessee, to name a few.
After making a bad decision, I did not pass the F.C.A.T (which is a state exam to graduate), and I ended up failing it 4 times, in one year. It took me 6 years to get a 4-year college degree. So for 2 years, I was in the streets, wanting to just give up, and blame my problems on other people. I ended up being incarcerated for 8 months, with a felony on my record, because I was trying to "fit in".
Then God gave me a Bible verse to live by: "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” ~ Matthew 6:33.
Before I knew it, I received a second chance at life. I went on to play Pro-Basketball in the A.B.A., and play overseas. Then I went back to college, as a Freshman, at 21-years of age. It was then that I received a scholarship to Saint John River College, where I graduated with my Associates Degree. Thereafter, I went to Arkansas Tech University, where I received my Bachelor's Degree, in Emergency Management.
Now, I am a Father, husband, of 4 beautiful girls ages 13 Jada, 9 Sarai, 7 Grace, 5 Joy. Also, I'm a Mentor with My Brothers Keeper, and I know that giving back is a gift that I was given to share, and it is truly priceless.