“At an HBCU, you had cheerleaders, you had mentors, you had people who held you accountable. But they did so because they cared so much about uplifting you and making sure that you shine. So when it’s all said and done, No. 1, you can be successful, and No. 2, you can be in a position that I am today where you can shine a light on the challenges we face. Highlighting, articulating and illuminating why that is and then you can move forward and push an agenda to showcase the talent that comes out of HBCUs and what we are truly capable of,” Smith further commented.
The ESPN sportscaster has also served as Brand Ambassador for the HBCU Week Foundation for the past two years and has promoted HBCUs on his ESPN show “First Take.”