Athletes for Hope would not exist without the drive, passion and dedication by athletes all over the world to make the world a better place. In our Member Athlete Spotlight series, it is our hope that the public will get to know our athletes, learn about the philanthropy and advocacy work they’re doing and understand what motivates them to use their platform for good.
What is your name, sport, team?
Malik Hyatt, Howard University, Graduate Student, Football
What inspired you to give back to your community?
Volunteering is something I take great joy in. I was inspired to get back into the community because COVID did not allow me to have many chances to volunteer.
How do you balance being a student, an athlete and participating in service?
Managing my time wisely. Whatever is in front of me I am focused in on that. These 3 fields are things I want to excel in, so I choose to balance them well.
What was the first moment that you realized the importance of using your platform to give back?
I first realize the importance when I started tutoring elementary kids. They would light up and be willing to listen and become goal oriented.
What is your advice to other student-athletes who are looking to get more involved in community service/giving back?
Go for it. You would be surprised how many people could be impacted from your help and kids considering you a role model.
What excites you most about your team working with AFH in the future?
This excites me because I can get back into helping the community in anyway I can, finding new ways to improve the community and receiving smiles from those that are helped.