Monthly Archives: May 2016

I Appreciate You! – Wednesday Wisdom

Because of your support, the 2016 Student Athlete Summit was an enormous success! Our speakers were phenomenal, and there were over 900 individuals in attendance at the groundbreaking event! Nearly a week later, I am still receiving emails from students, parents, coaches, CEOs, and guidance counselors about how enlightening the event was. One thing that really resonated with many of the attendees was a quote from our keynote speaker Eric Thomas. In his presentation, he gave the reason why he has so many degrees despite the fact that he absolutely hates school. He said, "I hate school, but I love options... I HATE SCHOOL, BUT I LOVE OPTIONS!" He continued on by [...]

By | May 25th, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments

I Made Him Cry. – Wednesday Wisdom

Today, I gave a speech at an elementary school in South Carolina. The fifth grade was having its end-of-the-year awards ceremony, and I was the keynote speaker. Throughout the entire presentation, the students were very attentive. Not long after I finished speaking, multiple students asked for pictures, autographs, and how to stay in touch with me. I was on cloud nine. As the kids were coming up to me, parents and teachers were stopping to speak as well. One father, in particular, came up to me with tears in his eyes. He said, "I know you came to speak to the students today, but I want you to know that [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments

He Proposed! – Wednesday Wisdom

Last Thursday, my boyfriend (now fiancé) proposed to me in the most romantic way possible. I feel so blessed that God presented me with such a great man; just five years ago, I never even knew he existed. This thought made me think of all of the other AMAZING people in my life, as well as how important it is to keep the RIGHT people in your life. Sometimes, we get really messed up when we try to put lifetime expectations on people who should only be in our lives for a season. We use the excuse, “Well, I’ve known this person for 10 years!” Or, “We’ve been friends since elementary [...]

By | May 11th, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments

Watch This! – Wednesday Wisdom

Last August, my friend Marcus Lattimore was the keynote speaker at my foundation’s Student Athlete Summit. During the Q&A session after his speech, a young boy asked, “Marcus, when times get hard, why don’t you give up?” Without missing a beat, Marcus replied, “I don’t give up, because I know someone’s watching me.” The whole audience was quiet. Marcus spoke words that were simple, yet profoundly true. Whether you realize it or not, there is always someone watching you. In fact, that very notion is one of the main sources of my own motivation. I work hard, not only to achieve the goals I have set for myself, but to [...]

By | May 4th, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments