Where Your Adventure Takes You with Dionté

Segment #10 from Tusculum University


Meet Dionte Grey, a 2012 Sport Management graduate and former Pioneer basketball player from Los Angeles, California. Dionte used everything he learned at Tusculum to create an organization that makes life better for others in the city of Los Angeles. At Tusculum University, they love watching alumni succeed after walking across the stage and relish the stories of what they accomplish. Tossing it to you, Dionte.

– Thanks for the alley-oop, Alex. As an alumnus of Tusculum University, I’ll give the crowd what they came to see. Tusculum University showed me that anything is possible. Life after graduation has been quite the adventure, so let’s bring it back to where it all began. I chose to attend Tusculum University because it offered me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of earning a college degree while playing the game that I love, basketball. Being a student athlete throughout college was an adventure that I’ll always cherish, but my Tusculum experience was more than just playing a sport. It was here where my passion for helping others was nurtured and encouraged. Tusculum’s emphasis on civic engagement and service allowed me to volunteer at local organizations and elementary schools alongside my amazing teammates. As an athlete and Sport Management major, I frequently engaged with the community and connected with local businesses. The classroom, the court, the community, they all played a significant role in shaping my success as an alumnus. After graduating, I knew I wanted to make a even larger impact, so I took a leap of faith and my family and I moved to Los Angeles to start my own nonprofit organization called Urban Promise Los Angeles. My wife and I founded this organization to support the community, and the children and youth of Los Angeles by providing academic, spiritual, and the social development needed to become Christian leaders who are determined to be the next generation of world changers. The work I do now is heavily influenced by Tusculum’s Christian values and emphasis on academic excellence, spirituality, community engagement and service. I’m so grateful for the foundation Tusculum has provided me. Tusculum has showed me that anything is possible if you have the determination and right support system. Life after college has been quite the journey, and I’m excited to see where it takes me next. Back to you, Alex.

– Thank you Dionte for sharing Tusculum’s influence on your life’s work. One way Tusculum demonstrates its community connections is through partnerships with local businesses for workforce development. These partnerships provide internships, experiential learning, and a 10% discount for employees, their spouses and their dependents. Cheers, Dionte. 

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