RICHMOND, Va. – It appears that Robyn Hobson’s enthusiasm is matched only by her confidence, which is why when she says she wants to change the world, it’s okay to believe the VCU senior has the chops to do it.
That doesn’t mean that the road to a better world is an expressway. Sometimes the storm washes out the bridge, as Hobson learned recently. Sometimes you need to row across the river.
Last summer, Hobson, a four-year letterwinner for the VCU Women’s Basketball team who will graduate in May with a degree in Elementary Education, decided to put together her own girls’ basketball camp in her transplanted hometown of Charlotte, N.C. Hobson’s mother helped her organize the three-day camp for 15 girls ages 6-12 at a local gym.
“I just felt like I really wanted to give back,” Hobson, 21, said. “I felt like Charlotte didn’t really have a girls’ basketball program. I felt like it was a great opportunity to test it out and see how it went, and it went great.
But it didn’t start great. Hobson, aided by her younger brother and one of his high school teammates, meticulously plotted the first day’s events. Things did not go as planned.
“The first day, I almost had a breakdown,” Hobson says with a laugh. “I had these whole schedules, laminated. I could’ve just thrown them in the trash.”