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Fast Moving, Hard Hitting — Meet Robert Hemphill

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He plays a sport that is fast-moving and hard-hitting. Those descriptions also fit the way Robert Hemphill approaches his training.

He learned to play from his mom, Ann, a competitor and racquetball instructor who would bring him with her to the courts when he was just a toddle, and had him taking classes when he was barely five.


Q. What does a routine day at the Recreation and Wellness Center consist of for you?

A. I usually hit racquetball then go lift weights. I do this six days a week.

Q. If you were a box of cereal, what kind would you be? 

A. Total or Honey Nut Cheerios, because I try to eat them every morning for breakfast.

Q. We’ve heard your passion is Racquetball. Tell us how you got started playing the sport?

A. My mom was really good and almost a pro so she taught me how to play. I have been playing since I was five years old.

Q. Tell us about the last tournament you won?

A. I have been playing mostly pro tournaments against guys ranked in top 50 or even top 10 in the world, so haven’t won anything in a while. My last win was 2015 at a local tournament in Cullman. My last big win was in 2014 when I was national champion for 24-.

Q. What song pumps you up before you play?

A. Lose Yourself by Eminem is my favorite, but I listen to basically any rap song to pump me up.

Q. What is your major and what do you like most about it?

A. Agriculture economics. I like the economic side of it... how a business should be run to reach maximum efficiency.

Q. Are there any Rec Center hacks that you can share with us?

A. If possible, avoid the rec on Monday afternoons or evenings, because everyone wants to burn off all the calories from the weekend.

Q. What would someone else say is your super power?

A. Super stamina because people see me running all over campus.

Q. Finish this sentence: What was I thinking when…?

A. I decided to eat taco bell more than two times a week.

Q. What is your favorite holiday tradition?

A. Honestly, just being around family.


For more information about Robert's accomplishments, click here




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