I’ve always looked forward to helping my community out, dating back to my time at Wake Forest. I remember during my junior year at Wake, I dressed up as Santa Claus and had the opportunity to go into Winston-Salem households that were less fortunate than mine. We gave out gifts and things to help them through the holiday season.
Having been raised in Winston, that was a big moment for me. To give back to those people meant a lot.
A lot of them knew who I was and where I came from, and I think that made it mean more to them. Everybody appreciated that it was a hometown kid — a kid doing special things on the basketball court at Wake Forest — who was taking the time to visit with them and help them.
That’s when I knew it was my calling to give back.