Malcom J. Reed was born in Mullins, South Carolina and relocated to Whitesboro, New Jersey outside of Atlantic City, where he was raised. He holds degrees in Business Administration, Business Management and Finance.
Reed has 18 years of experience working with youth who find themselves disconnected including him. Basketball carried Reed from the Jersey shore to West Virginia Tech to the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Harlem Globetrotters. In 2006, Reed founded D3 Community Outreach, Incorporated, a nonprofit 501(C)3 in Durham, North Carolina dedicated to improving the lives of disconnected youth. With his passion for basketball and his desire to give back not only to the community he grew up in but also, the one in which he lives, the inaugural program of D3 “The Hayti Basketball Summer League” began. “My ultimate goal is for our youth to visualize the end product while falling in love with the process,” says Reed. Through the years Reed continues to develop D3 Community Outreach and has expanded D3 to include additional programming focused on service, entrepreneurship and literacy with a vision to connect with youth in every state.”
Eric Colburn believes, “The measure of a human being is gauged by their actions and how those actions affect those around them.” Eric is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a business graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Eric has over 20 years of business experience with various corporations. He is an active volunteer in Wake County with the Special Olympics North Carolina and has also volunteered at the NC House of Hope.
Growing up in the Midwest solidified Eric’s understanding of how communities should work together to foster a positive environment where youth are afforded the ability to realize their potential. That is why after meeting Malcom, and becoming familiarized with D3’s mission and vision; Eric applied and was accepted as a member of the board of directors.
Eric feels the combination of life experiences, both personal and professional, have molded him into the person he is today and considers it a privilege to be involved in passing along what he has learned. “I would not be where I am today without others taking the same vested interest in my development.”