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Craig Robinson is an undeniable force, both on and off the court.
Growing up in Chicago, Robinson excelled at sports from the onset. His passion for basketball, however, did not supersede his passion for learning. He attended Princeton University where he was able to pursue both loves. He shone on the court at Princeton as well as in the classroom and is still considered one of the top players in Ivy League history.
But success cannot be measured solely in terms of wins and losses. Knowing firsthand the challenges growing up in an inner city can present, Robinson is keenly aware of the parallel hurdles that exist for a young athlete on a reservation. Armed with understanding, Robinson wanted to bring assistance and awareness to young Native Americans athletes. With the help of Sam McCracken, N7 architect, the OSU Nike N7 day on November 21, 2010, was born.
Craig’s efforts to make sports more accessible to Native American kids are commendable. And it runs in the family. Robinson’s sister, First Lady Michelle Obama, recently announced her Let’s Move In Indian Country initiative, America’s move to raise a healthier generation of kids.
At 6’6”, Coach Robinson is a big guy. But his physical size pales in comparison to his humanity. Insistent that he can deduce everything he needs to know about a person’s character through watching them play basketball, we’re pretty sure we know exactly what he’s made of.