Mr. Drew Johnson is a 2008 graduate of NCCU where he received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. In 2017 he obtained his Master of Arts degree in Higher Education from Lincoln University. He is originally from Raleigh, NC and is a former member of the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) basketball team who, like many others, envisioned success only through becoming a professional athlete. Having knowledge of the expectations that come with being a student athlete from the intense practice schedule, the pressure to succeed, and the amount of time you allocate for your sport is what made him want to help student athletes navigate life after their eligibility is up.
Being a student athlete at NCCU helped him see the importance of building and developing one’s self – identity outside of their prospective sport, but it wasn’t until he joined Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity inc. that he started to see the importance of building relationships in the campus community to help find success after college. His quest to see athletes succeed off the field has been driven by his own experience not only from being a student athlete but also from working directly with them.
Mr. Johnson is someone who knows the hardships that a lot of student athletes come from, being that he came from a low-income neighborhood where substance-abuse was more common than academic success. He used his platform as an advisor to show athletes that you they too can find success outside of sports. The same ability to relate and connect to student athletes is what allows him to speak comfortably to a multitude of audiences.