Walking Tall: Chris Brown relied on a heart seemingly the size of a basketball to go from walk-on to First Team All-Conference Player and International Pro.Friday, January 6th, 2012
A version of this story is currently running on Boston.com
This is the first of a multi-part series profiling notable America East Walk-ons.
Brown, an American East Conference first-team player who spent five years playing professional ball in Japan and Australia, credits his upbringing in Boston with teaching him the value of hard work and determination.
“Dorchester was a tough place growing up, but it was amazing,” Brown said in a recent interview from his home in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, where he has settled down after being sidelined by an illness.
“The experiences I had growing up in Dorchester really taught me how to fight — not physically, but in regards to wanting the most out of life. There was always a challenge to succeed and be the best at whatever I did.”
Married and the father of a five-month-old son, Brown recently completed building a house on the oceanfront and is the manager of caseworkers for the largest foster care agency in Australia. He reflected back on his youth, spent a few blocks from the Ashmont T Stop, where he witnessed some of the worst of a section of the city that boasts one of Boston’s highest violent crime rates. (more…)