Divine Magazine – 35 People Who Inspire

Reggie Kelly, NFL Football Player/Author of “Prepared: Body, Mind & Spirit”/ Owner of KYVAN (Soul Food Line)

Hobbies: Fishing & Basketball

Church/Place of Worship: Mt. Union M. B. Church Aberdeen, MS

Ministry Involvement: Speaking to Kids, Pro Athletes Outreach, Elderly

Community Service: Football Camp in my hometown of Aberdeen, MS, Donating & handing out turkeys & hams to the elderly

Professional Organizations: Arkansas/Mississippi Minority Supplier Development Council

Favorite Leisure Activity: Traveling

What is your definition of an Inspirational person: Actions speak louder than words, I am inspired not only by people who talk the talk, but who walk the walk. Practice what you preach.

What is the difference between someone who inspires vs. someone who gives false hope: Someone who inspires gives advice that will cater to your well being even if the advice hurts. False hopes is telling people what they want to hear even if it is not true.

What legacy do you plan to leave for your children/those that look up to you: The legacy I would love to leave behind to my children is the value of hard work…it pays off and a lasting legacy would be for them to trust the Lord and He will direct their path.

On Following Dreams: Being a professional athlete has given me a great platform and with that platform it gives me the opportunity to influence many, especially kids. Many people try to put a box around our youth, telling them what they can or can’t do based off their background, race or gender, but nothing could be further from the truth. This prompts me to step in the gap and influence them to fight for their dreams, because I am a living witness that dreams do come true.

On Saturdays: One can usually find me at one of my kids sport activities.

What is your favorite quote/scripture: Colossians 3:23

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years: Operating as CEO of my Soul Food Line, KYVAN full time

10 years: Operating as CEO of KYVAN but also a position in the front office of a NFL franchise

Stay Connected:


Facebook: Reggie Kelly’s Fan Club

Twitter: @ReggieKelly82