Owner and founder Patrick Robinson, aka “Pat The Roc,” was born and raised in Prince Frederick, Maryland. At the young age of 5, he picked up a basketball and from that day on never put it down. As a kid, Pat would play competitive games of horse with his mother, but admits his mom would always win! Pat credits his success to his mom’s early lessons.
While in elementary school, Pat played Parks and Rec basketball which helped him develop his skills even more. Pat was always the smallest player on the court. The skinny kid with a lot of heart and determination. He recalls his uniform being so big that he had to use a safety pin to hold up his shorts. In middle school, Pat was the only 6th grader selected to play on the school team with all 7th and 8th graders. This was huge for Pat because he was able to be on the same team as his older brother Reggie. This would lead to many one on one battles in the backyard, as the brothers would prepare for the season.
Following in his brother's footsteps, Pat began to pattern his game after Reggie. Pat went on to attend Patuxent High School where he played all 4 years. Pat was known as the sharpshooting 3 point specialist that could break down any full-court defense with his dribbling ability. Unfortunately, Pat was still the smallest kid on the team and never grew much. Pat's chances of getting a college scholarship to play basketball were very slim, only averaging 9 points and never starting a game as a senior, but Pat did not let that discourage him.
After graduating from high school, he made a promise to himself that every time he stepped on the basketball court he would “outwork” his opponent. Pat spent every single one of his summer days at the park working on his game, from 6 am to 11 pm. He would take a break for lunch and come right back. With plans to attend college in the fall, Pat got an acceptance letter from the University of Cincinnati in July 2001. This was huge for Pat because at the time Cincinnati was one of the top 5 basketball programs in the nation.
When Pat left for college, not only did he pack his clothes and books, he also brought along his famous red, white, and blue basketball. Pat bounced this basketball all around the college campus. He would take it to lunch, the library, and even to class. He became known as the kid with the basketball. When the season came around Pat had to walk-on and try out for the team. Pat knew he would make it because he practiced all the time. Unfortunately, Pat was cut from the team twice, his freshman and sophomore year. Pat was devastated and at a point in his life where he had to make a decision, give up on basketball or give it one more try.
One day Pat bumped into an older gentleman. The older gentleman asked Pat why he was carrying around a basketball. Pat told him his dream of being in the NBA. The older gentleman looked at Pat and gave him some advice that would change his future. He told Pat to never give up and remember “3″ simple letters, A.I.P, which stands for “Anything Is Possible”. Pat took those 3 letters and ran with them.
In 2003, Pat was scouted by the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters and decided to put college on hold. Pat was the youngest player to ever join their team at the age of 19. Shortly after training camp, Pat was cut from the team and headed back home to Maryland, his 3rd time being cut in a matter of 3 years, Pat was devastated. Pat then remembered the 3 letters "A.I.P." and used them as motivation to continue pursuing his dream.
After a month of being home, Pat was scouted by the renowned And1 mixtape tour in 2003 and began traveling the world displaying his dribbling ability. In 2004, he was featured on the ESPN television show "Streetball" and quickly became a fan favorite, earning the nickname "Pat The Roc”. Pat traveled the world with the “And1″ TV show for 5 years and landed a character in the Playstation video game “And1 Streetballers”.
By 2007, Pat had been through 2 passports and traveled to over 25 countries fulfilling his dream of playing professional basketball. As his brand grew, Pat began venturing off to many other opportunities. He went on to star in numerous commercials, including a CBS commercial with P. Diddy, another video game “NBA 2K”, movies (“The Cookout” and “Note to Self”), music videos with artists such as “Wale” and “Matt and Kim”, and 3 more TV shows, including a basketball reality show which aired on the largest sports network in China.
Every year Pat is invited to the NBA all-star weekend and Super Bowl weekend to play in A-listed celebrity basketball games with actors and athletes such as Bow Wow, Chris Brown, Nick Cannon, Floyd Mayweather, Terrell Owens, Jaimie Foxx, Justin Timberlake, and more.
Pat’s diverse talent has led him to earn many endorsement deals. In 2008, Pat became the first basketball player to be endorsed by Under Armour. Under Armour featured Pat in all of its store advertisements, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, Finish Line, and 5 editions of SLAM magazine. In 2009, Pat was one of 5 SBA players chosen to tour Europe with NBA legends Dennis Rodman, Tim Hardaway, and Mugsy Bogues. Pat earned a Diplomatic Passport status and citizenship from the President of Gambia, Africa for his contribution to the development of basketball in Africa.
In 2010, Pat signed a deal with SKY management which landed him his own signature “Pat The Roc” shoe in stores by Chinese sports brand VOIT. The success of his shoe led to an even bigger endorsement deal from sports drink Gatorade. Pat became the first non-NBA basketball player to have his face appear on millions of Gatorade bottles in stores. Pat toured China with fellow Gatorade athlete, NBA star Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat.
When not working on his game, Pat began donating his time to public speaking, spreading his “A.I.P.” message of hope to hundreds of schools and basketball camps across the world. Pat’s powerful message landed him on the same stage as American leaders such as author John C. Maxwell, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and President Obama’s campaign. Pat continued his philanthropic efforts by starting a non-profit organization, Team A.I.P., which provides a goal-setting curriculum for youths to follow as they reach for their dreams.
Pat also started a Team A.I.P. AAU basketball team where he participates in practices to help the kids. Pat partnered with corporate “Macy’s” to release his first children’s book, “Mr. A.I.P. Taking It To The Hoop”, an inspirational story.
In 2011, Pat signed to Ballup, a reality basketball show on FOX that follows 10 of the best basketball players on their journey on the basketball court, with NBA players such as Dr. J, Allen Iverson, and Chauncey Billups. Pat travels the world training many youths and professional athletes all over the globe. He started the Pat The Roc Skills Academy to share his knowledge of the game of basketball to help players improve their skills.
Pat trains and works with some of the top NBA players from teams such as the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, and Washington Wizards to name a few. He also trains some of the top collegiate basketball players from Maryland, Duke, Indiana, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Memphis, and George Mason to name a few. Pat’s legacy and story is an inspiration to many all over the world. His efforts to inspire people to believe “Anything is Possible” has brought him closer to his goal to change lives, one bounce at a time.