By Kevin Bouffard
Posted May 31, 2019 at 7:12 PMUpdated Jun 2, 2019 at 9:54 AM
FROSTPROOF — Few preschool graduation ceremonies draw scores of people, but the one Friday for the Head Start program at the Frostproof Childhood Development Center did so thanks to a famous alumnus, NFL star Nickell Robey-Coleman, a defensive back for the Los Angeles Rams.
Certainly Robey-Coleman’s athletic success drew the crowd, but he came hoping his little noticed academic success would inspire the 16 graduates and other children more.
″(The Development Center) prepared me way ahead of other institutions in my life,” said Robey-Coleman, a 2010 honors graduate of Frostproof Middle-High School, who recently received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, which he left early in 2013 to pursue his NFL career. “This is by far one of the best programs around.”
Robey-Coleman credited the center with laying the foundation for his future success in athletics and academics, including becoming a member of the National Honor Society while at Frostproof High. The Society honors students with high grades (at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale) with a record of community service and leadership.