Miami University (College) Dayton Chaminade-Julianne (HS)
I would like to nominate Calvin Blackmon.
Calvin went from sleeping on my couch in 2010 as a 28 year old lost young man without a known direction and path in life, to now having a beautiful family, great job and sharing his struggles of overcoming adversity to others as a Co-Host of The Underdog Podcast.
Though Calvin didn’t start playing football until late in high school, he had a great senior year at the prestigious Dayton Chaminade-Julienne HS leading him to Miami University where he earned his bachelors degree. After graduating from Miami, Calvin struggled with career choices of whether to become a football coach, physical trainer, or enter into sales with private companies in the local area. Though Calvin was dealing with these struggles, none of them compared to the adversity he experienced when losing his father at a young age!
Calvin then got married to Amber and had a daughter (Oaklie) and son (Paxton) that helped drive him to his new “why” in life; providing for his family and giving them the best resources and support. At that point, he really committed to his career and decided it wasn’t about what he wanted to do, but what was needed for his family.
Calvin is a great listener, genuine, passionate, caring, and overall great person. I am so proud of where he has committed in life and more importantly where he is going. The best is ahead!