Tor'I Brooks

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Tor'I Brooks
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Born (1992-06-14) June 14, 1992 (age 30)
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
  • Grand Valley State University
  • DavenPort University
  • Michigan State University
Occupation
  • Entrepreneur
  • Basketball Player
  • Health & Wellness Coach
  • Television Personality
Organization
  • Bionic
  • BeyondAnAthlete
RelativesTia Brooks (Sister)
Websitebionicbrooks.com

Tor'I Brooks (born 14 June 1992) is an American Basketball Player, Professional Track and Field Athlete, entrepreneur, television personality, actor, model, health and wellness coach, professional dunker, and multi-sports athlete.[1] He is the founder of Bionic and BeyondAnAthlete. Bionic is a lifestyle, entertainment and marketing brand, and BeyondAnAthelete is an organization that focuses on empowering student-athletes. Brooks is best known for his appearance on MTV, playing for Harlem Globetrotters, and competing in the Track and Field USA championships.[2]

Brooks has received several awards and accolades in his diversified career of more than a decade. He has worked with corporations to diversify their sales channels, create brand awareness programs, and helped them gain search visibility to get more traction. Brooks has worked as fitness director and trainer for Gold's Gym SoCal Group.[3][4]

Brooks has been associated with several prolific brands including Nike, NBA, Jordan, Adidas, PUMA, Galore, True Religion, and several others. He has also been featured in several media outlets including Bleacher Report, ESPN Sports Center, US Magazine, NewsWire, Yahoo Finance, The Hype Magazine, PR NewsWire, and others.[5][6]

Early life and education

Brooks was born and brought up in Saginaw, Michigan. Brooks’ mother decided to move to Grand Rapids, Michigan when he was seven years old due to increasing crime rates in his hometown. In his senior year of East Kentwood High School, Brooks finished all conference, all state, all American and won the nike track national championship.

In 2010, Brooks enrolled in Michigan State University, where he pursued a year-long course in Media Management. After completing that, Brooks went to Davenport University, where he did BBA with a specialization in Marketing, Advertising, and Promotions. He graduated in 2015.

In 2016, Brooks enrolled at the Grand Valley State University to pursue a master’s degree in Education Administration.

Brooks broke many records in college including 11 all American honors, three additional national championships in the high jump in college while competing at the NCAA D1 and D2 and NAIA Levels.[7]

Career

Brooks started his career in 2011 as a CES at DICK'S Sporting Goods. He worked for over a year at this firm and then became a Sales Associate at Finish Line, a sports retail shop in Indianapolis.[8]

In 2013, when Brooks enrolled in The Davenport University, he also did sports marketing for the University for over a year. He also assumed the role of an Admissions Representative for a year.[9]

In 2016, Brooks became a Youth Development Specialist for Grand Rapids Urban League, where he worked for over a year. Then, Brooks became an Assistant Personal Training Director at LA Fitness, a leading health and fitness club chain.[10]

Brooks became the functional fitness director at Gold’s Gym in 2018. After serving for a year at this Gym, Brooks joined Rose Collective as a Chief Marketing Officer. While living in Los Angeles, he started exploring other career options as actor and model, while continuing his professional basketball career. Later in the year, Brooks founded Bionic, a marketing agency that offers a vast range of services including, digital marketing, brand management, media outreach programs, developing media strategy, social verification, and other marketing services.[11]

Brooks’ trademark jumping ability and powerful slam dunks earned him the name Tor’i ‘Bionic’ Brooks. The name Bionic has followed him all over and even landed him a roster spot on the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.[12][13]

In 2019, Brooks joined Harlem Globetrotters, a leading basketball club as a professional player. Prior to starting his entrepreneurial journey Brooks has participated in multiple championships including NIKE and New Balance championship. Brooks won his first international world championship in China competing against 12 different countries, competing against players from the Euroleague, NBL (National Basketball League), NBLC (National Basketball League Canada), CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) and the NBA G league. He has also competed at NCAA D1, D2, and NAIA levels along with the USA Championships. Brooks was a part of Harlem Globetrotters’ rookie program for the 2018/19 season and it was one of his dreams coming true and has played at one of the finest NBA arenas.

Brooks has competed against Ricky Robertson, Erik Kynard and Jesse Williams, Chris Staples, Jonathan Clark, Jordan Sutherland, Myree Bowden and several other international athletes and basketball players.[14]

In his diversified career as a renowned athlete and media personality, Brooks has worked with numerous prolific people and companies such as Brandon Bdot Armstrong, Max is Nice, Famous Los, Page Kennedy, and Bleacher Reports. He was also a contestant on MTV’s hit show Ex on the Beach.[15][16]

Brooks has also partnered with the BBTV and the NBA Playmakers, where he connects to a broad audience base, attracting over 15 billion monthly views for his basketball, fitness, and lifestyle content.[17]

Awards and recognition

Brooks has gained three national titles in the high jump and holds an upstanding record to this day at 7’2.5”.

  • International slam dunk champion
  • Fiba 3x3 Mexico winner
  • China world champion 2019

Personal life

Brooks’ sister Tia is an Olympic shot putter.[18]

In the media

        

References

  1. "Michigan multi-sport athlete now a member of Harlem Globetrotters". mlive. 7 November 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  2. "Tor'i Brooks". Ex On The Beach Wiki. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  3. "Tor'i BROOKS | Profile". www.worldathletics.org. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  4. "Tor'i Bionic Brooks: Former Harlem Globetrotter and TV Star Teams Up With BroadbandTV and NBA Playmakers – ALL SPORTS TELEVISION NETWORK". Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  5. Staff, S. V. G. "Bleacher Report Joins NBA Summer League Fun With 'B/R Jump-Off' Fan Experience". Sports Video Group. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  6. "Where Are They Now: Tor'i Brooks". Davenport University Athletics. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  7. "Tor'i Bionic Brooks: Former Harlem Globetrotter and TV Star Teams Up With BroadbandTV and NBA Playmakers". www.newswire.com. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  8. "Tor'i Brooks". Ex On The Beach Wiki. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  9. "Watch Reality Royalty Hook Up and Break Up in 'Ex on the Beach' Trailer". Us Weekly. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  10. "Where Are They Now: Tor'i Brooks". Davenport University Athletics. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  11. "West Michigan native joins Harlem Globetrotters". WOODTV.com. 7 November 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  12. "Globetrotters have West Michigan feel at Van Andel Arena". WXMI. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  13. Stories, Local. "Meet Tor'i Brooks of Bionic or Bionicbrooks in The Valley - Voyage LA Magazine | LA City Guide". voyagela.com. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  14. Brooks, Tor'i Bionic. "Tor'i Bionic Brooks: Former Harlem Globetrotter and TV Star Teams Up With BroadbandTV and NBA Playmakers". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  15. "Tor'i "Bionic" Brooks: MTV Veteran Reaching New Heights". The Hype Magazine. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  16. "MTV's 'Ex On The Beach' Is Your New Reality TV Obsession". Romper. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  17. "Tor'i Bionic Brooks: Former Harlem Globetrotter and TV Star Teams Up With BroadbandTV and NBA Playmakers". finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  18. "Learn about Tor'i Brooks". Famous Birthdays. Retrieved 26 March 2021.

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