During his football career, Sammie Smith was a formidable force to be reckoned with. The All-American running back was the the first round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 1989. He went on to have 532 carries and scored 15 touchdowns during his four NFL seasons.
Under the bright lights, the highs and lows of the young athlete's life were well documented. However, for more than a decade Smith is once again a positive force to be reckoned with. The retired athlete and Mount Dora resident is now empowering local youth through athletic training.
Smith, 48, and his wife, Shalonda, opened Kingdom Impact Sports (KIS) last year in the former HOOPS location in Mount Dora. The warehouse facility features speed, agility and strength training for all sports, as well as boot camps, baseball instruction and batting cage rentals and an Iron Mike pitching machine. Smith also mentors youths as a Lake County representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
A Zellwood native and Apopka High graduate, Smith played football at Florida State University where he was also a SEC Conference champion sprinter. The family moved to Mount Dora several years ago and the couple's two children, son Cre'Shawn, and daughter Sania, attend Mount Dora schools.
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Above: Sammie with his wife, Shalonda, son Cre'Shawn and daughter, Sania.
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