Hometown: Chicago, IL
High School: Noble Street Charter High School
College: Malcolm X College
Branch: United States Marine Corps
Years of Service: Six
- Selected Marine Corps Reserve Service Medal
- National Defense Ribbon
- Iraq Campaign Medal
- Armed Forces Reserve Medal
- Meritoriously promoted to Corporal
- Honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps
Military Career: During my military service, I was part of the 2nd Battalion 24th Marines Weapons Co. as a machine gunner. While in Iraq, I was responsible for training and working with the Iraqi police force. Our mission was to go out with their police force in an attempt to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi citizens, and build strong relationships.
Post Military Career: After finishing up my contract with the Marine Corps, I've been working at a high school on the city's west side. I was head football and basketball coach for three years, which included winning back-to-back conference championships in basketball. All the players I've coached are currently in college and doing well. I'm also currently coaching for the Bulls/White Sox Training Academy in Lisle, IL, where I get to teach young children the correct way to play basketball, and improve their skills in a game I love. And in 2014, I will be getting married!
Why did you decide to join the Pride Crew? I decided to join the Pride Crew on the day I was honored as Hero of the Game. I watched how the Pride Crew walked around full of energy, and I could sense the pride they had for the White Sox and the fans. I wanted to join another great team that has pride, passion, and tradition!
Tell us about your experience as the White Sox Hero of the Game. My experience as the Hero of the Game was one of the best I've had in my life. It is a wonderful feeling to know that the organization takes so much pride in honoring and serving the people who serve our country. To be recognized on the field and hear the fans cheer so passionately, and stand up to show their respect, brings a feeling inside of me that is hard to describe. I'm so thankful and proud to have served my country, and to work for such a great organization in the White Sox!