Daron K. Roberts is a former NFL coach, leadership coach and author of A Kids
Book About Empathy and Call an Audible. Call an Audible was named a #1 New
Release and Best Seller by Amazon and Sports Illustrated selected the book as one
of its “Best Sports Business Books of 2017.” Oprah selected A Kids Book About
Empathy as one of her Favorite Things of 2020.
Roberts serves as a partner with Notley Ventures. He’s a co-founder of Amass – an
end-to-end wealth launchpad and investment platform for Black Americans.
Since 2014, Roberts has served as the founding director of the Center for Sports
Leadership and Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas. The Center is the first
university-based institute dedicated to developing leadership and character curricula
for high school, collegiate and professional athletes. In January of 2018, the Center
received the commitment and financial support of NBA All-Star, Kevin Durant.
Roberts holds a faculty appointment in the Liberal Arts Honors Program. He has
received the Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Award, Creative Engagement Award
and was named a distinguished faculty member by the School of Undergraduate
Studies in 2015. His research revolves around issues of rejection, failure
management and leadership.
After graduating from Harvard Law School (2007), Roberts served coaching stints
with the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, West Virginia Mountaineers and
Cleveland Browns. He holds a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government from the
University of Texas (2001) and an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School (2004).
In 2010, Daron launched a nonprofit football camp – 4th and 1, Inc. 4th and 1
provides free SAT prep, life skills development and football training to at-risk youth
in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The camp has served nearly 500 student-athletes
The Presidential Leadership Foundation – a joint venture between Presidents Bill
Clinton and George W. Bush – tabbed Roberts as a Presidential Leadership Scholar
for 2015. He was one of 60 members in the inaugural class.
Roberts has been featured in ESPN the Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek
and Sports Illustrated. His articles have appeared in The Dallas Morning
News, Fortune, Houston Chronicle, and Time.
He and his wife spend their weekends tending to their urban garden and corralling
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