Hello, all! And welcome back for another update. Here is a snapshot of what is new in my life.
I attended a North American Rhodes Scholar Reunion in New York City. I went alone, but soon after arrival I connected with new Oxonians from various years. Old and young. Alum and current. There were a wide array of scholars present. Fortunate was I to befriend these incredible people. The highlight of the night was conversing with Rhodes Scholars from my 2009 class. We have come some way from our DC Bon Voyage Weekend to medical and law schools, post docs and professional careers. It was a treat and I made a personal pledge to not let so much time pass again before we all see each other.
Right after the Reunion weekend, I made the un-scenic drive from New Jersey to Pittsburgh. The roads were winding, there were signs reading “Falling Rocks,” and the truckers were bullies. Glory to God that I arrived safely in the 412. I moved into my new digs then drove around the city to get familiar with the route to work. The next day, I went to work for the Steelers for the first time and I was excited. The coaches, the players, the structure, the air of the team all conveyed the same message: We expect greatness and Superbowls. The rest of the week went well as I conditioned my body on the field/weight room and exercised my mind in the classroom. What a great start! Furthermore, 47 is my number here and I told my brother that there is a cool story behind it. When I was young growing up in Galloway Township, NJ, my hometown athletic hero was Pete Hunter. He made it to the NFL out of Virginia Union and started for the Dallas Cowboys at cornerback. He had a local rap song made in his honour and his name created a positive buzz all around the streets. The summer after my high school freshman year, I went out to Atlantic City High to train and Pete Hunter showed up. He heard about me and began to teach me as his pupil. Pete was THAT guy for me. He made my NFL dream tangible. And what number did he wear as a pro? Yep, 47. Full circle.
My other endeavours include more public speeches and preparing with the Florida Department of Children and Family Services for our 4th annual Myron Rolle Wellness and Leadership Academy for Florida foster children. The latter is the hallmark initiative for my foundation and I am looking forward to another great summer edifying our Florida youth. They are already champs, we are just helping them realize it.
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