David Robinson, the Admiral, led a lifestyle of public service and community development before the NBA and after. Robinson, who played for the San Antonio Spurs from 1989 – 2002, was one of the best centers in the history of the game. To this day, he remains second in blocks and one of the best players to ever run on the court. Standing at 7’1″, it’s hard to believe he started playing basketball his senior year of high school.
Through the guidance of his military family, Robinson enrolled at the United States Naval Academy before entering his promising NBA career. Robinson instantly turned the team around from their worst year to a playoff run.
The Admiral was adored all over the country for his incredible skills, but beloved in San Antonio for his heart. In 1991, the Admiral challenged fifth graders to complete high school and enter college by offering a $2,000 scholarship. Once each student completed high school, Robinson quickly increase that scholarship to $8,000 for every new college student.
Each year, the David Robinson plaque is handed out to one NBA player that “follows the standard set by NBA legend David Robinson who improved the community piece by piece.” Robinson lifted millions in his city up on and off the court through immense community development. His philanthropy continues to show children that higher education is a right for all to achieve.