My name is Robert Golden. I was born and raised on the west side of Fresno California. I received my education from Lincoln elementary, Carver
Middle school (Before Gaston), and Edison High School. These three west Fresno schools are what helped mold me into becoming the man that I am
Throughout my years of growing up in Fresno, I was always heavily active in football. Football had become my motivation at an early age to make it
of the neighborhood that I grew up in. Although my parents were active and present in my life as positive role models; The streets of west
side Fresno was always there. Growing up in west Fresno, I witnessed gang violence, drug use, bullying, and much more. My faith, my family,
school, and football is what kept me focused throughout my journey on becoming a professional football player.
After graduating from the University of Arizona with a bachelors degree in Human Understanding and Social Behavior, I continued my football
playing career with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League. My goal of becoming a professional football player had been reached.
However, I still felt like I needed to accomplish more for my community.
Growing up on the westside of Fresno, there was not many resources for me and other children to engage in. In fact, there is still a limited amount of
resources that my west Fresno community struggles with. With me knowing that, I promised myself that I will always come back to the community that helped mold me. I wanted to be the one who provided the resources that my community desperately needs.
For the past 8 years, I have hosted and put on free community events for our city of Fresno. I have hosted free football clinics, free health and
fitness classes, diabetes awareness walks, prep rallies for our local elementary schools, and much more.
My plan has always been to “inspire the old, and give hope to the youth.” What I mean by that is, I want to inspire the older generation to be able to
give wisdom and knowledge to our children. I have seen history repeat itself throughout my community because of the lack of guidance and
limited resources in West Fresno. If I can inspire the old, to give hope to our youth, I believe that is how change will start to develop.
After Playing 7 years in the National Football league, I decided to retire from the game that had been my motivation for majority of my life. Football
had become apart of my identity. Football granted me an opportunity to have a platform to inspire kids that come from underserved communities
like myself. Although football had came to an end for me, inspiring the next generations is still at the core of my beliefs.