What Drummond is doing away from basketball, however, is equally as impressive. A third-team All-MAC honoree and UT’s third-leading scorer at 14.2 ppg last season, he’s already formed his own corporation, SparkC, llc.
SparkC (pronounced “spark”) is a private security management consulting firm that Drummond formed on December 23, 2013 in the Washington, DC area. As the president and CEO of SparkC, he intends to have his company fully operational by 2017.
Drummond said his vision for his business initially began with his desire to go into the law enforcement profession while growing up in Bowie, MD.
“I wanted to help protect people whether they were at work, home or anywhere in their community,” Drummond said. “In high school, I had thought about being an FBI agent but when I went to college I realized I didn’t want to do that specifically. I still wanted to help protect people, though, and realized I could do that by being involved with private security. SparkC has worked out perfect for me, because I also have a great love for business.”
Drummond began to learn about the many different aspects of security through his criminal justice classes at UT and his interactions with Mick Dier, a retired UT police officer who is currently a lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Legal Specialties.
After building the foundation for SparkC, Drummond lent his services and developed his first security risk assessment for a corporate office building in June in Washington, DC area.
“I didn’t know how to do it at first,” Drummond said. “I had to teach myself. There’s no correct way to write one, and everybody has their own distinct way of doing it. I picked the brains of some people in the business and that helped me out a lot.”
Drummond’s vision to help make the world a safer and more productive place has also evolved into a different focus for SparkC. He calls it SparkC Innovation. SparkC Innovation is a branch-off organization from SparkC which is focused on inspiring and empowering youth and young adults to reach their full potential in life. This area involves reaching out to kids and trying to make an influence on young people’s lives both in terms of protecting themselves, as well as having an eye toward their future.
SparkC Innovation is also dedicated to finding unique ways to reach youth through creativity programs and innovative projects. The first project was released earlier this month and called #SparkCChange (pronounced “spark change”). It’s a visual creative project geared to inspire, empower and motivate. (You can view video of the project by going to the Youtube channel: SparkC Innovation)
Last April, Drummond began speaking to Toledo-area youth about making the right decisions and helping them try to avoid pitfalls that exist in today’s society.
“Everyone makes mistakes in today’s world, and I wanted to let kids know about my life experiences and how you need to prepare for the future,” Drummond said. “God has blessed me a lot, and I want to share that with others. My goal is to empower and inspire youth and young adults to reach their full potential.”
Drummond spoke to over 500 youths in the Washington, DC area in the months of June and July, and he has coordinated many youth initiatives, including one in Northwest Ohio this summer. It was an eight-day, 14-session program for 45 students that was part of the Toledo Mayor Office’s Youth Commission.
“I had to develop a comprehensive curriculum for STEP (Summer Teen Employment Program) that included job readiness, interview skills, professional knowledge and life skills in general,” Drummond said.
“I think the young adults really enjoyed the way I incorporated my thoughts and ideas into ways they could relate (to). I want to help them get on the right path so they can have success in their lives. I think it’s a plus that I’m 21 years old and no different than them. I didn’t always have the right answers, and I want to help kids not make some of the same mistakes I did.”
With the Rockets’ season quickly approaching, Drummond’s time commitment for Rocket Basketball will increase. He’ll still make time for his business, though, especially the opportunity to speak to kids of all ages about preparing for their futures.
“I will still work a little bit on the security portion of SparkC in the coming months, but my primary focus will be on going to school, playing basketball and expanding SparkC Innovation’s youth empowerment efforts speaking to as many kids as possible,” Drummond said.
Once Drummond’s college days are complete, he will have a few different paths to pursue. Whether it’s basketball or business, he will ensure success for himself and many others by devoting his full attention to SparkC and helping protect people and influencing lives. Rocket fans are likely hoping he’ll be wearing another championship ring wherever he goes.
(Courtesy Toledo Athletics)