WalkOn Nation was created to redefine athletic identity to ultimately empower student-athletes to allow their platform to enhance them, not define them. WalkOn Nation was made by student-athletes for student-athletes.



Michael Willett, CEO

Michael is a former Division I football student-athlete at the University of Central Florida. From being a walk-on, to earning his scholarship, then to have a career ending injury he learned valuable skills and life lessons to shape him into the man that he is today.


Since his playing years, Michael went on to create WalkOn Nation with purpose of redefining athletic identity. Michael's mission is to teach athletes that they are ENHANCED not defined by their status.


Tristan Reaves, Co-Founder

Tristan co-founded WalkOn Nation with the mission of inspiring student athletes to see the big picture and how to utilize their platform for a purpose greater than their sport.

Also a former football student-athlete at UCF, Tristan faced tremendous adversity throughout his career.  Choosing a walk-on position over other scholarship options forced him to re-evaluate his “why” and purpose in life. By way of resilient work ethic and off the field growth, he ultimately earned his scholarship. His mission now is to show athletes that their potential doesn't peak in their sport.