The Fundamentals with David Robinson(s)
NBA Hall of Famer, Education Philanthropist, and Investor, David Robinson, shares stories and experiences from his life that led him to the creation of the IDEA Carver Academy, located on the Eastside of San Antonio, TX. Alongside his son, David Robinson Jr., the father and son duo breakdown the pillars in which the academy was built upon. These are The Fundamentals.
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NBA Hall of Famer and Co-Founder of Admiral Capital Group, David Robinson was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history and was a ten-time NBA All-Star. He led the San Antonio Spurs to 1999 and 2003 NBA Championship Titles, and during his time in the league he was named NBA Most Valuable Player (1994-95), NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1991-92), and NBA Rookie of the Year (1989-90). He is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and is the all-time leader in U.S. Olympic basketball history in career points, rebounds, and blocked shots. Robinson was inducted into the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Hall of Fame in 2013.
In addition to his decorated career in the NBA, David and his wife Valerie created the David Robinson Foundation in November of 1992. David has raised close to $40 million for The Carver Academy (TCA), an independent school designed to serve pre-K through eighth-grade students in San Antonio, Texas. In 2012,TCA partnered with IDEA Public Schools as its first school in San Antonio, and the network has grown to 20 schools reach 10,000 students in San Antonio.
In 2007, David Robinson and Daniel Bassichis, formerly of Goldman Sachs, founded Admiral Capital Group. Built around Robinson’s long-standing values and integrity, the framework for Admiral’s sustainable business model brought together an interest in private equity and a desire to make a positive impact. Robinson and Bassichis have been working together since 2002 on philanthropic and investment activities, with Admiral currently having over $1 billion of assets under management — focused on value-add real estate acquired through discretionary vehicles in partnership with USAA and other institutional investors. Additionally, Admiral has invested in strategic private equity opportunities in the sports and hospitality industries, including partnerships with KKR and Kohlberg & Company.
David Robinson Jr.
David is a founding member of Blueprint Local. Their first strategy, Blueprint Texas focuses on investments in real estate and businesses in San Antonio, Austin and Houston to promote long-term, inclusive economic growth. Prior to Blueprint Local, David lead Admiral Capital Group's efforts to make a strong social impact in the cities where the firm invests. Admiral Capital Group takes 10% of profits and utilizes investments to create opportunities to support communities. For example, Admiral Capital Group purchased a Hilton Hotel in Houston, TX and created the Admiral Hospital scholars program in partnership with Hilton, University of Houston and local school districts. David's focus was to expand Admiral’s platform to making direct impact investments as well as scaling the philanthropic work.
Before Admiral Capital Group, David spent three years working for sports and education technology startups in Austin and New York. David was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.
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