Over the course of the next several months, members of the Board of Directors’ Communications Committee will be contributing original columns, where they share updates on various Board of Directors and Deacon Club happenings. Be sure to read this special section each month to stay in the know with all of the latest news.
Hello to all current and former Deacs! It’s a pleasure to be writing this article and share a little more about myself, as well as my involvement with Wake Forest.
I’m originally from Pensacola, Florida, where I currently reside with my wife, Tia, and two sons, Tre’ and Troi. Growing up, I played both football and baseball at J.M. Tate High School, but knew football was the sport I wanted to play at the college level.
My passion for Wake Forest began when Coach Teryl Austin and Coach Jim Caldwell came to Florida for an in-home visit. As my parents and I spoke with the coaches, I felt an immediate connection with the program. On my visit to Wake, that connection grew even stronger. From the moment I first set foot on campus, I felt like I was home.
Aside from the great atmosphere, Wake Forest also offered a top-tier education, which was important to me. Coming from a family of educators, the key takeaway was hearing, “You will receive your degree from Wake Forest.” While many schools focused primarily on athletics, it was nice to know that Wake placed such a big emphasis on the academic portion, as well.
For the past five years, I’ve had the privilege of working with college defensive lineman at the EXOS facility in Florida, where I prepare them for their combine and pre-draft workouts. It’s truly a joy and honor to work with these young athletes who are chasing their dreams and trying to reach the highest level of football.
My wife and I also run a non-profit organization, Mr. Robbins Neighborhood, which we established in 2014. Through Mr. Robbins Neighborhood, we are able to help guide and mentor aspiring youth to achieve their dreams through education and expose them to other career paths outside of sports.
Also in 2014, I received the opportunity to become more involved with Wake Forest when I was invited to join the Deacon Club Board of Directors, where I currently serve on the Communications Committee. As a member of this group, I’ve been able to see things from a different perspective. It has been extremely exciting to witness the amount of support received from our donors and to see the positive direction in which all of our programs are headed.
It’s important to remember that people can get involved with Wake in many ways. Whether it is volunteer work, helping with projects, spending time with our student-athletes, or spreading the word about various events and campaigns, there are plenty of ways to help support Wake Forest and the Deacon Club.
As a former student-athlete myself, I would love to see more of my fellow former student-athletes get involved and support our “Deac Nation.” We can all play a role in making Wake Forest a place that everyone wants to attend and generate even more awareness about the wonderful experience our University offers.
Moving forward, we must continue striving to build upon our strong foundation, solidifying the brightest possible future for Wake Forest and our student-athletes!