Joey was born and raised in a middle class family in Memphis, Tennessee. Due to his sports-loving family and many athletic cousins, he naturally played many different sports in his youth – mainly baseball, football, basketball, track & field and tennis. His grandparents had also founded a family-owned day-care, the most successful independent day-care in Memphis, called Sports/Care. It was there that Joey grew up with his 16 cousins, learning how to play sports and the benefits of hard work. It was also there that he got his first job, as a summer day-care counselor for kids when he was 15. Having grown up around his aunts and uncles who ran the day-care, Joey learned the ways of working with and educating children. Additionally, Joey’s mother Gwen was a science teacher in public high schools for 40 years, and watching her growing up was very beneficial to his outlook on education, work and life.
After high school, Joey attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville as a student athlete. By then, he knew he couldn’t get a scholarship in his favorite sport, football, so he found another option. Joey’s sister Kerri was the captain of their high school cheerleading team and she taught him how to be a cheerleader. With those skills, he received a full scholarship to UT to be a cheerleader even before the start of his freshman year. At UT, he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Communication.Read More
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