Where do you see yourself in 5 years?


(Left:Jared Right:Robert)

For mrfncharm and I, today is a somber day. Today is the 5th year anniversary of the death of our teammate and friend Robert Locke. Robert or “Burt” was a year older than us when we were in high school, but we had the honor of playing basketball with him before he graduated. Robert and Jared Locke were identical twins that stood a solid 6’6 each. Though none would claim them as superb athletes, they were by far the hardest workers on the team. They were inseparable from each other and they were inseparable from the court. In fact Robert was playing basketball up till going to bed on January 27th. Tragically, he did not wake on the morning of January 28th, 2007. He passed in his sleep from a rare heart condition that sadly took him way to soon at the age of 19.

I say all of this not in remorse but for more of a reflection on life. I recently spoke to our team about the importance of “now”. I told them that none of them are guaranteed to play basketball at the next level and that for some of them this could be the last time they play basketball in high school. Sounds harsh but it’s the truth. The only guarantee my players have is the next 3 games. I told them to make the most of those games and the remaining weeks as a team for it will be the last time all 12 of them would play together. I stressed to them how special the bond of a teammate is and explained how Mrfncharm and I met over 8 years ago and how we were reunited this year by the game of basketball.

It’s hard to tell if our young freshman players grasped the scope of my statements but my overall point to them and our readers is that you don’t know how long you have on this earth, so make the most of your time NOW. This isn’t a podium sermon from Littlewolverine but a personal letter to the memory of Robert Locke. To this day I still wear our high school team wristbands as a constant remind of the hard working teammate and good friend that we lost but have never forgotten. Life is short and sometimes shorter for most so practice now not tomorrow, work hard on school now not tomorrow, be happy with what you have now not what you want tomorrow. Make the most of your time as a friend, a student, a teammate and if you’re blessed to look back in 5 years, be proud of what you have done.

If you’d like to donate to the “Robert Locke Scholarship Fund” contact Oviedo High School
601 King Street
Oviedo, FL 32765

5 thoughts on “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

  1. Can’t believe its been 5 years already. All the stuff that coaches preach on about teammates being brothers is no myth or made up nonsense. It’s totally real. Even though we didn’t ‘hang out’ off the court or anything like that, I’ll always remember “Bert” for the rest of my life. He was not only a great teammate, but an even greater person that lived his life to the fullest. I’m not one huge on religion or any of that, but If anyone on this blog has the pleasure to know or meet his twin brother, Jared Locke, I can tell you that I’m pretty sure Robert is still living through him.

    R.I.P. Robert, we miss you man.

  2. RIP Bert… Crazy that it’s been 5 years already, I still remember him making us all laugh in the locker room with his big goofy smile everytime after Coach Howell had just ripped us all out for messing up.. He was one of the funniest guys I’ve ever been around and just an overall amazing person.. Gone but never forgotten

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