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The Robinson Neighborhood, Featuring Pat Da-Roc

Passion, adversity and drive are the three traits that have always made up Patrick and Reggie Robinson.  While having there constant battles on the basketball court growing up in Prince Frederick, both have often faced many life challenges. But today, they are doing what they love in spite of striving for future goals ahead.

Patrick, also known as Pat "Da Roc" aka "That's Crazy," is currently one of the world's renowned streetball phenoms on the hardwood with his free flowing ball handling skills and street ball tricks that have grabbed an array of basketball enthusiasts, celebrities and fans around the world on major tours.

"I definitely have come along way since Patuxent," said Patrick, who graduated from the high school in 2001 and received little playing time on the varsity level during his career. "If anybody ever saw me in high school, they wouldn't even think I was the same person now. As a senior I was about 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds, small kid, but I had great teammates and great coaches. Even though I wasn't the most talented, I always worked hard and was always motivated to be the best player that I could be."

While showcasing his dribbling skills for the Streetball Basketball Association, Harlem Magic Masters, Harlem Wizards and the AND 1 Street Ball Series on ESPN2 over the past seven years, Pat "Da Roc" has become a community endeavor during that span also. He picked up the name from Jerrod Mustaf, president of the SBA.

He's traveled to West Africa, Asia, Bahamas, South America, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Ecuador, Chile, Barbados, Bermuda and many states around the United States.

Patrick attends charity functions to raise money for families in need and came up with the organization called Anything Is Possible, which means that people in communities can do anything they put their minds to, especially the youth. AIP is a movement that sets out for people to set future goals in life.

"Recently I just came from a tour in Germany with NBA legends such as Tim Hardaway, Muggsy Bogues and Dennis Rodman," Patrick said, who is know for his kick pass and crazy leg moves on the court. "It was a great trip. I learned a lot and gained a lot of exposure. This will help me reach my goal of making it to the NBA because these are guys that I grew up watching."

Reggie, 29, was a 1999 Patuxent High School graduate who now resides in Nashville, Tenn. He is a substitute teacher and works with home school kids in the physical education field.

Just like he did on the SMAC basketball scene back in his younger days, Reggie has become an up-and-coming musician as a talented drummer.

Reggie graduated from Tennessee State University in 2007 with a degree in English and history from Tennessee State University, but wants to continue making his mark in the music ranks.

"Me and Pat used to play a game of 21 in the backyard," said Reggie, who received All-SMAC and all-state honors in his three seasons with Patuxent. "I would keep it close, but I would always beat him. Pat hated to lose and he was always a great competitor and skill wise I always knew he would be better than me."

Reggie's favorite moment came when Patuxent played Northern during his senior year. He collected 22 points and a thunderous dunk in the contest.

"The reason that game was so big was because I went to Northern my freshman year and got cut from the junior varsity team," said Reggie, whose inspiration during his career was former Patuxent head coach Anthony Kinnel. "So every time I went back there to play I tried to play my best."

Patrick, 26, works out at three times a day that requires rigorous training of agility, shooting drills, ball handling and conditioning.

"My advice to young kids is to be creative and be different by taking risks because you never know what you can do," Patrick said, who loves reading books. "Anything is possible on and off the court."

Patrick added: "Growing up we had a lot of backyard battles and I always looked up to him. I never used to beat him, I would run in the house crying to my mother [Debbie], trying to say that he was cheating. Reggie was a great player, he was one of the best SMAC players. When I was on JV and he was on varsity I would stay and watch his games. He would get a lot of dunks."

Patrick noted that his favorite moment was when he skipped down the court with the ball in the SMAC Senior All-Star game at Westlake.

"I illegally put the ball behind my back and referee didn't even see it," Patrick said on his streetball move. "The crowd just went crazy."

The two Robinson brothers continue to strive for greatness, but only time will tell.

ajmason@somdnews.com By AJ MASON


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