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Former Basketball Stars Lead the Way in Business, Community Service, and Artistic Pursuits

Harold Doby, Reggie Middleton and Roman Hill have turned a brand into a business, a lifestyle and a mental framework for impacting their community.

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Reggie Middleton (left) and Harold Doby (right)

On January 4th, the day after Harold Doby’s “Books and Life Lessons” (B.A.L.L.) charitable organization conducted a coat drive to help keep warm some of the most vulnerable people in the downtown area, I spoke with Doby and Reggie Middleton, two lifelong friends and former college and high school basketball stars, at Middleton’s “Came From Nxthing Designer Apparel” shop at 120 James Brown Boulevard. Our interview (below) covered the coat drive, Reggie’s entrepreneurial journey, and the meaning behind the “Came From Nxthing” brand, which originated from the music of Roman Hill, our third interviewee. Hill’s friendship with Doby and Middleton helped sprout a “movement” that has provided a framework for the three former athletes to impact the world through acts of community service, business, art, entrepreneurship and charity.

The interview provided a great chance for me to get reacquainted with two men I’ve watched grow from being boys who excelled in a game, to leaders of their families and their community. I bet others who watched them star at Glenn Hills and Winthrop (Middleton), and at Laney and Augusta University (Doby), will also gain satisfaction from hearing about their continued personal development. For example, Reggie explained how he took advantage of his basketball talent to earn a job playing professional basketball in London. Then he used his experience there to hatch a business idea to bring high-quality fashion for an affordable price to people in his hometown.

Reggie Middleton scored 1,186 points for Winthrop.

Harold’s concern for people who are most in need, whether it be the men and women he personally distributed the coats to earlier this month, or the students in his school he recalled giving clothes and shoes to when he was in grade school, is the original reason for my getting back into contact with the two men I once coached and taught when they were middle schoolers.

Harold Doby distributing coats in downtown Augusta on January 4.

I’m grateful we reconnected because they are a shining example of what can be greatest about sports and the community that builds around such a life journey: strong, caring relationships developed through shared experiences, encounters with adversity, and moments of triumph, as well as failures and hardships. Reggie’s story about how he has been able to take the difficult circumstances of the pandemic and nonetheless thrive in business with his “back against the wall” by drawing on his experiences as a basketball player growing up reinforces something I’ve always believed, that youth sports is great practice for real life. 

Harold Doby and Reggie Middleton, as well as Roman Hill, whom Doby first met as his rapping Augusta University basketball teammate, are winning the game of real life every bit as much as they did when they mastered the game of basketball as younger men.

Look out for news of the next Drive from B.A.L.L. Visit the Came From Nxthing Designer Apparel Facebook page to see Reggie’s merchandise, shop with him online or find store information:

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Augusta Rocks Presents: Estimated Principles

We continue our local music spotlight series with the youngest band to date to be on the show: Estimated Principles. They started, not by learning covers, but by writing their own music. And now, after some local shows and some shows in Atlanta, they’ve released their first album.

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Today: We continue our local music spotlight series with the youngest band to date to be on the show: Estimated Principles. These guys are talented! They started, not by learning covers, but by writing their own music. And now, after some local shows and some shows in Atlanta, they’ve released their first album. Check them out at venues like Southbound, any all-ages venues, and maybe even some parking lots near you.

Keep up with and support them by visiting the Estimated Principles website and social links

Presented By Nancy Powell Real Estate Broker @DowntownAugustaBroker (Nancy20201!)

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Community Partnership: TheClubhou.se at the Cyber Center, Augusta Hemp Company, & Augusta Podcasts, LLC.

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Also Featuring: The Little Guide to Augusta, @AllEqualParts, 2nd City Distilling & Durty Gurl Cocktail Mixers.

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DropTheDis Episode 170: Covering Augusta’s Art Renaissance

From their weekly newsletters and concert reports to their events and round tables exploring how to grow the arts community, Sample Augusta is supporting all things arts in the CSRA.

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This week we talk to the people behind Sample Augusta.

Sample Augusta founder Rachel Goodman and manager Walter Santiago come to talk about their online media publication that seeks to solve a problem that we’ve all complained about: figuring out what’s going on in Augusta.

From their weekly newsletters and concert reports to their events and round tables exploring how to grow the arts community, Sample Augusta is supporting all things arts in the CSRA.

And though this is not an Augusta Rocks episode, both have musical talents and they both currently use them! @rah_butter & @itsreallybabyboi

You’ll also find them at Arts in the Heart!!!

Presented By Nancy Powell Real Estate Broker @DowntownAugustaBroker (Nancy20201!)

DropTheDis Question Presented by Tranter Grey Media (TranterGrey.com)

Community Partnership: TheClubhou.se at the Cyber Center, Augusta Hemp Company, & Augusta Podcasts, LLC.

Check out Gunn Roofing Company to find and support a consistent and reliable local business that we entrust with our own roofs.

Beer is Brought to You by Savannah River Brewery (Follow them on Facebook!) SavannahRiverBrew.com

Also Featuring: The Little Guide to Augusta, @AllEqualParts, 2nd City Distilling & Durty Gurl Cocktail Mixers.

Want to Support the Show & Get Free Stuff & Cool, Unique Bonus Content? Check out our Patreon!

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