My hometown is Portsmouth, Virginia, and I was well over 5 feet tall before my tenth birthday. I hit 6 feet in middle school, and was 7’6” when I graduated high school. After college, I had a short career as a basketball player with the Harlem Globetrotters and the Harlem Wizards, entertaining audiences around the world. Once I left sports, I returned home to Norfolk, Virginia, where I had been a law enforcement officer for 12 years.
I was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest man in the United States in 2007. I held that distinction for three years (the current record holder is 7 feet, 8.33 inches), and today is the second tallest man in the country. Over the course of my life, I have grown accustomed to the challenges of being very tall.
I created Stand Tall Against Bullying to reach out to kids that are facing a problem which has became a nation-wide issue in our schools today. I feel that as an American raised in this country and having went through my 12 years of schooling I have seen my share of peers being bullied. But the level of bullying today has evolved into as cyber bullying which makes the problem a lot more dangerous resulting in them taking their own lives thinking it’s the only way out.