When Ty Abraham ’17 picked up a tennis racket for the first time at age 8, he was simply looking for a way that he and his twin brother, Josh, could spend time with one of his friends. The hobby quickly grew into a passion. By his teen years, Ty was representing his home island of Tobago in tennis matches in the United States, El Salvador, Jamaica, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Barbados and the Dominican Republic. In 2011, he earned a coaching certificate with the International Tennis Federation through its “Play and Stay” course, which focuses on teaching the foundations of tennis.
By the time they were 16, the brothers had set their sights on attending a university in the United States. Tennis scholarships paved the way for them to begin at a university in Baltimore, but a negative environment of substance abuse and moral laxity was troubling. When Asbury head coach Jarred Miller spoke of the University’s emphasis on academic excellence and spiritual vitality, they were listening. Now, only weeks from graduation with a degree in Business Management, Ty has excelled in the classroom and on the tennis courts.
“Asbury has taught me that you should never be too busy or too consumed in something to stop and give God the glory He deserves,” Ty says. “Asbury’s Dayton School of Business has focused on students not just being the best in the world, but being the best for the world. This means using our faith as our compass to lead our businesses or the companies we work for with the highest ethical values.”
It’s an opportunity he has had a chance to put into practice already. In addition to supporting the marketing business his family operates in Tobago, Ty has worked on campus for Asbury’s Development Office and the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. The University staff rave of his professional competence and team-oriented willingness to jump in wherever needed.
“Ty is a person who will always get the job done and is hungry to continually learn and grow as a professional and as a person,” says Paul Stephens, associate dean for Student Leadership Development. “Without question, all of the above is fueled by Ty’s love for the Lord and desire to be an instrument of His purposes for the sake of the Kingdom.”
More than half the cost of attending Asbury was covered through Ty’s scholarships, putting within reach the opportunity to play a sport he loves at an institution he respects.
“I am extremely grateful for the scholarships that have allowed me to graduate from this institution,” Ty says. “When you give, you are answering the prayers of each potential student with financial need. With every dollar given to scholarships, you are planting hope in students that they can succeed and find their calling in life.”
To learn more about Asbury University’s Dayton School of Business, visit: asbury.edu/business.