Birmingham, Ala. (WIAT) – Former UAB running back Darrin Reaves realized his dream of playing in the NFL at a very young age.
“I’m 23 years old but I’m really that six-year-old kid that said I want to be in the NFL and I’m just on the field living my dream,” said Reaves.
Reaves now plays professional football for the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I am understanding what it is to be a professional,” said Reeves. “A professional football player, a professional dad, husband, all those things.”
But rewind to 2013, when Reaves was sporting the Green and Gold for the Blazers. His presence was always known, but his voice not always heard.
“I was scared to get in front of a camera,” said Reeves. “Now I understand what I am supposed to be doing. I feel like God is giving me a passion that has led me to my purpose. I’m using these cameras and these things I was afraid of back then to my advantage, to my community’s advantage, using it to help others.
His purpose is now streamlined through his own non-profit organization, The Darrin Reaves Foundation.
“My goal was to play in the NFL,” said Reeves. “That is not a smart goal. A smart goal would be putting in hard work and diligently working on my craft so by the time I am eligible to be in the NFL draft, I will be a great NFL player.”
Setting smart goals are just one of the many valuable lessons Reaves aims to teach young athletes in his upcoming seminar and camp series at Clay-Chalkville High School called Engaged 2 Success.
This 3-week seminar and camp begins Saturday, March 19 and will teach youth skills to succeed in life through games, classroom discussions and hands-on coaching. The goal is to have each attendee leave with a mapped out plan to achieve their goals.
“To be successful at anything, you must be diligent, you must be hard-working, and you must take time to focus at your craft,” said Reeves. “I feel like that can be taught through these seminars. We’re going to engage the kids. We’re going to have a good time. We are going to learn while we are doing it.”
Reaves illustrates the importance of constant growth and learning through the realization that success is driven by those around you.
“I don’t think that any person you see with power, and a position of success or whatever you may feel is attainable, that they got there by themselves,” said Reeves. “I know for a fact the people in the Clay-Chalkville community, the Birmingham community, the values and morals, the things instilled in me along with my parents, allowed me to be successful. I’m just trying to give back the way that I was given to.”
Pre-register here for the Engaged 2 Success seminars and camp.