“One way I try to offer hope is by using the gifts God has given me. I majored in art at TSU, have been a martial arts instructor for over 20 years, and am an avid photographer. Teaching and mentoring in these areas allows me to help young people develop self-discipline, integrity, and perseverance. My mom and dad raised me never to quit. If I started something, I always had to finish it. That's an important lesson for kids to learn, and I want to pass it along.
“Someday I’d like to open a studio and do more with my own photography, as well as offer classes in photography, dance, art, and the martial arts. A setting like that would provide kids with options other than getting into trouble and would be a way for them to develop their creativity. When the gym’s closed, today’s kids don’t know what to do with themselves. They need to learn how to use their imaginations. I want to help them see that there’s a big world out there.”