2022 Tillman Scholar
After growing up as one of six children to a single mother in several low-income neighborhoods throughout Columbia, SC, Gee Gee decided to attend the U.S. Naval Academy where he could play Division I football and prepare to serve his country. He was named fifth overall in team history for yards per carry and graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in Political Science. Following graduation, he leveraged his passion for mentoring by serving as a football coach at the Naval Academy’s Preparatory School. From 2013 to 2016, Gee Gee led sailors on two separate deployments to the Middle East onboard the USS Gettysburg and USS Oak Hill.
These experiences furthered his passion to help and serve others. As a young Division Officer, he enjoyed bringing together diverse sailors to accomplish one mission. Realizing the importance and impact of building meaningful relationships, Gee Gee transitioned from the surface warfare community to the human resources community in 2017. He then went on to earn a M.S. in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in 2019. At NPS, Gee Gee received recognition for having an outstanding thesis. He wrote about the importance of more representation in senior ranks to improve the retention of underrepresented junior Sailors.
After NPS, Gee Gee worked for the Navy’s 21st Century Sailors Office as an Inclusion and Diversity Policy Analyst. He is currently pursuing a law degree. Gee Gee aims to provide legal support to underserved communities and improve the diversity of National Football League executives.