Empowering youth: My passion for helping youth began when I was at UF in 2017. There were a lot of kids that couldn’t afford tickets to the games so we went around to schools and handed out tickets. I always did community service things and my professor suggested I start my own organization. Now I run it on our campus at Hope International Church in Groveland.
My passion: Helping kids, especially in the foster care system. I visit a group every week and talk about different stuff and have them write down their goals in life and talk about how to achieve that.
Saying I live by: There’s more to life than football. A professor told me that one time and it has stuck with me. Even though I’m retired, there’s so much I can do for the community.
Groveland needs: More community programs for kids. That’s why our foundation acquired qualified professionals to help in our summer programming, which involved free tutoring, a professional NFL trainer who trained young athletes, and a former New York Knicks dancer for the ladies.
Biggest inspiration: My father (Tony McCoy). He grew up in a bad area and made something out of himself through football. He’s also a two-time cancer survivor. Seeing him fight through that makes me know I can get through anything. It was also inspiring to see my mother (Jodie McCoy) become the backbone and support during that tough time.
My reason for living: I do everything I do because of my faith in Jesus Christ. There’s a whole lot of people in my life that have been so supportive and it’s all because of Jesus.