Daron Roberts circles the fifth-floor conference room in Bellmont Hall, decorated with memories of Texas football’s recent past. One hundred and twenty high school sports captains from seven AISD schools watch him as he wears a figure-8 into the rug. The 2016 Captain’s Academy, led by UT’s Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation, is all about honing leadership skills, namely empathy, vulnerability, and bravery. And the UT lecturer, founder of the CSLi, and former Lions, Browns, and West Virginia Mountaineers coach is just warming up.
“If you need to go the restroom, now’s the time to do it,” he says, not looking at anyone in particular. “If you need to pray, do it now.”
When the clock hits 9 a.m., it’s go-time. He praises everyone for being on-time—half the battle, Roberts, BA ’01, Life Member, says.