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Tim White

ASU Football

With eight brothers and sisters, White learned how to fend for himself at a young age. But that was the easy part. Born in Los Angeles to a nomadic family that was often homeless and slept in a car or under a bridge, when necessary. White's parents fought for their children's safety and wellbeing and picked up what jobs they could find. Meanwhile, White found ways to use and develop his God-given athletic ability, even if it meant hurdling benches in the park where the family slept.

 

Tim WhiteDuring his sophomore year of high school, White's high school football coach gave him his first jersey and pads. White found a way to sleep in full dress...on the back seat of a car. Often hungry and poorly nourished, White's coach left a lunch for him at the coach's front door. However, years without consistent education opportunities affected White academically, interrupting and often threatening his ability to compete in high school and college sports.

Then, real tragedy struck. White's only brother and mentor was killed.

Despite the heartbreak, White completed his most significant academic hurdle in 2015 and qualified for Division I sports. At once, he was in high demand and not just for football. White won the U.S. Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championship in the triple jump while in college at College of the Canyons. His triple jump at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in 2013 would have earned him 12th place at the 2012 Olympics. Once he was eligible, ASU's scouts noticed him, researched his past, and knew that he was special.

White began his ASU football career with a 59-yard run and a touchdown pass. On the track and field side, White placed fourth in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships. The next month, he finished 18th at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Described as an "old soul" by some, White is truly special and strives to be his best in whatever role he undertakes – wide receiver, triple jumper, student and, as of three years ago, father to his three-year-old daughter, Brooklyn.

At 22, White has demonstrated a lifetime of resilience and determination.

 
 
 
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