Star Players Academy’s mission is to provide Black, Brown, Indigenous, and People of Color in low-income communities with the opportunities, connections, and resources they need to build fulfilling and successful futures.
Troy Hill is best known for his work on the field as a cornerback for the Cleveland Browns. While his NFL career has been nothing short of inspiring, his path to the league and the obstacles he faced drove him to found Star Players Academy as a way to support students’ academic and career aspirations in low-income communities.
Troy grew up in Youngstown, Ohio as one of the youngest of 15 siblings. He lived with his mom and attended a public school in his hometown until he was 15 years old, when he made the tough decision to leave his community and move to Los Angeles with his uncle. Troy juggled rigorous coursework, football practice, and night classes.
After graduating, Troy received a scholarship to the University of Oregon where he played football for four years and was signed to the Bengals as an undrafted free agent. Today, Troy is an integral part of the Cleveland Browns but he wants his legacy to continue beyond football.
Jazzelyn Bradbury grew up on the island of Kauai, in Hawaii as the youngest of two siblings. Similar to Troy, she is a first-generation college student and a University of Oregon Alumni. Jazzelyn being a mother of two children, with a passion for helping others as well as love for education, is what inspired her to co-found Star Players Academy with the goal of uplifting youth and families who are marginalized by systemic racism.
At the age of 16, after some difficulties in her hometown school and social environments, Jazzy moved to Washington state to attend Sequim High School for the remainder of her junior year. There she received help with areas in school she was struggling in, allowing her to be accepted into the high school summer program, College Horizons. The program was for Indigenous students and hosted at Puget Sound University. During her time at the program, Jazzy was given the tools and mentorship needed, to want to consider the possibility of attending post-secondary education. The program assisted her in many things like resume building, scholarship hunting, financial aid literacy and essay building. This opportunity along with her change in environment realigned her efforts towards attending college. She was able to return home to Kauai with the new necessary tools and frame of mind to excel her Senior year ultimately resulting in her receiving a scholarship to The University of Oregon.