Updated: Nov 5, 2019
"Ball was never life. Ball was the vehicle that got me to my life."
Hailing from Newport News, Virginia, Mike Davis went from homeless to college basketball player at Towson University.
After being cut from every team, and denied from every college applied to, Davis attended junior college, and was redshirted. “Seems like every direction I turned, I was running into a wall of discouragement. Despite my circumstances and the different types of adversity that was being presented, I remained faithful in God and the path I know he had prepared for me and the audacity to believe in myself.”
Davis lives his every day life through the saying 'take the stairs.' "Take the stairs means that no matter the circumstances, there is always a route to the destination but it depends on the person to find the direction it’s in and how much it costs to have access."
Earning his Towson University basketball jersey cost him focus, sacrifice, confidence, self-evaluation, honesty, commitment, sweat, equity, discipline, academic achievement, humility, and patience. As he works to inspire younger athletes, Davis states: "Stay true to yourself, meet your challenges face up and run your race."
As a Student-Athlete Success Coordinator at Eastern Connecticut State University, Mike Davis continues to “take the stairs."
Let being an athlete enhance you, not define you.