On July 2nd, 1992 a legend entered the world. Elkino Watson, also known as “Bubba” to many, was born in Miami, Florida to Mrs. Latarsha V Watson. He was the second of her three children, but was her only son. While growing up in Miami, Elkino discovered and humbly tackled what became his passion, football. At the age of 10, he started his work on the field. He was only able to play one year of optimist football because he was bigger than the other players in his age group. Elkino’s football career took off once he started high school. He started off at Miami Carol City Senior High School in Miami Gardens, where he joined the junior varsity team. After one year on the field as a Chief, Elkino went on to become a Tornado at Booker T. Washington High School in Overtown, Miami. Also excelling academically in high school, Elkino graduated in the top 10 percent of his class.
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By succeeding in both the classroom and on the field, Elkino gained the attention of football scouts from 20 universities. All of whom offered him a four-year scholarship. These schools include the University of Louisville, Florida State Univeristy, and the University of Miami just to name a few. However, Elkino decided to take a full ride scholarship offer to the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. During his freshmen year he had a fascinating career which eventually established him a leading role on this Division 1 team, ultimately starting positions within his upcoming year’s and becoming captain during his senior year.
After four years of playing with The Bulls, Elkino entered the National Football League draft and landed a spot as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears. On September 6th of 2015 in Tampa, FL, a tragic event occurred which led to a childhood friend of Elkino, Desmond Horne in critical condition and Elkino’s untimely passing.
The goal of this event is to create a positive and impactful environment for youth to achieve success within the Miami community. It will implement the importance of education within the football structure and also reflecting and building a legacy in honor of Elkino Watson.
With the collaboration of scholars, collegiate/professional athletes, and high powered role models within the community; The BelieveInMe Foundation Inc. plans to guide the youth by creating a brotherhood amongst one another and assist these young men discover their life purpose while strengthening their brain and body. This program will not only enhance discipline on the field but also in the classroom.
The purpose of this organization is to honor the life of Elkino Watson and to continue his legacy of greatness. Elkino was a phenomenal father and family meant everything to him. This foundation will expand the dynasty of the Watson family and more importantly his children, Elkiria, Kennedy, and Elkino Watson Jr. The BelieveInMe Foundation Inc. will now fill the void of his departure simultaneously celebrating and valuing his life while unifying the city. Joining forces with the community and all who partakes within this movement will show his children that they will not have to face the world alone.