Jarrell Williams is the Founder and CEO of the Student Athletics Foundation. Mr. Williams began his football career at the age of 7 with the Midcrest Panthers Youth Football organization. He is a 2011 graduate of Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn, IL, where he was a standout football player in the area. He was named 1st Team All-State, 2-time 1st Team All-Area, 3-time All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, Chili’s Student-Athlete of the Month, and ranked amongst the top half of defensive backs in the nation. After graduating, he accepted a full-scholarship offer to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, IL as a Defensive Back.
Due to injury, Mr. Williams spent most of his NU football career as a key special teams player and started the majority of his last game vs. Illinois during his RS-Junior year at a Cornerback. Though his collegiate career was not going as he had planned, he still managed to make the most of being a student-athlete. He was the Director of Internal Relations for the Minority Business Association, a Co-President of ENGAGE, a student-athlete organization that helped in developing an inclusive environment within the athletics community through sustained dialogue; a member of ROARR, a student-athlete led bully prevention organization that visited local schools to discuss bullying; and he was a P.U.R.P.L.E. Peer Mentor, a student-athlete liaison representative. Prior to graduating in June 2015, Mr. Williams received Academic All-Big Ten honors, made the Dean’s List, and was awarded the Evanston Community Volunteer Award for outstanding community service. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from NU, majoring in Human Development and Psychological Services.
Though Mr. Williams pursued to compete in his fourth year of athletic eligibility at NU, he was unsuccessful in doing so. Thus, he decided to retire from his attempts. After graduating, he accepted a position with a Fortune 500 company that relocated him down to Atlanta, GA. After a little over a year, he decided to come out of retirement and pursue his final year of athletic eligibility and to earn a Master’s Degree. Shortly after making the decision, Mr. Williams decided to attend the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. He became a graduate student-athlete and competed in the 2017 season with USF's football program. Since then, he has successfully graduated and earned his MBA in May 2018.
Prior to the start of his last career football game on Senior Night at USF, Jarrell proposed in front of everyone! Angela and Jarrell met after the Northwestern vs. NIU game back in 2014 and have been together since. They were married in Sept 6, 2019 (the day the met 5 years prior). Together, they work to help student-athletes to be better people on and off the field. They've Co-Founded the Royals Elite Athletics organization which is based in the Chicago Southland area. Angela is a former softball student-athlete of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, NIU, and Reinhardt University.
Williams' passion is and always will be student-athletes. He coaches with the Royals organization in Football, Softball, and Track. His goal is to ensure each student-athlete he comes in contact with is leaving better than what they came. Discipline, love, teamwork, and guidance are just a few of the things Williams learned by being a student-athlete. He attributes his success to his parents, Coach Josh (Midcrest) and Coach Sheehan (Richards) for the bringing out the best in him and teaching him the possibilities that football could provide. He's had a few teachers, friends, colleagues, and mentors that have helped throughout his journey.
He live by his saying "growth never stops, opportunity never waivers, success is a process, and greatness is a choice." He is a firm believer that people are going to have to learn to grow and be knocked down to grow. While all things, good and bad, happen to everyone, it's about how you respond. Williams considers himself a lifelong coach and mentor.
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