Augusta Christian’s T’Asia Robinson doesn’t have much free time.
In addition to school, Robinson is the captain of the cheerleaders and a prospective collegiate tennis player. She was also named the first black homecoming queen in the school’s history, something she is especially proud of.
“I think that will definitely be my highlight for my senior year,” said Robinson.
She said head football coach Keith Walton’s daughter told her she was going to be next and that epitomized what breaking the color barrier meant for her.
“That’s mostly what it’s all about,” Robinson said. “Opening doors for other African-American girls who want to run and win.”
She played tennis at the school her first two years before dropping it to be a cheerleader. She continues to play tennis outside school and that is what she is counting on to help her achieve her dream of getting a doctorate in child psychology.
“I have been playing tennis at MACH Academy for 10 years,” she said. “I have been ranked about the top 20 for most of my year in my different age groups.”
Her prowess with the racket has not gone unnoticed. She is looking at playing tennis for Division I Prairie View A&M of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and Division II Virginia State University of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Prairie View is at the top of her list.
“The tennis team has a better record than Virginia State, but they also have a child adolescent psychology program,” she said. “That’s exactly what I want to major in.”
Robinson, who commutes from Richmond County, has school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., cheerleading practice from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and tennis practice from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, with private lessons on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
“I’m pretty tired and then of course after tennis I don’t get home until about nine, so I need to do homework, study, eat, take a shower,” said Robinson. “It’s pretty busy but I like being busy because I’m so used to it. I feel weird when I’m not doing all that.”
Cheerleading coach Jaime McKie thinks her will to succeed is why she can handle the load she has.
“She’s exceptional and I think it comes from her tennis background to a degree,” McKie said. “She is one of the most driven kids. Last year was her first year cheering with us, her first year cheering at a varsity level. She was like a sponge. There was not enough to teach her.”
And Robinson is able to enjoy all aspects of the cheerleading regimen.
“I find football season more fun than actually competing because you have fun cheering for the guys and decorating their lockers and going on away games with them every Friday,” Robinson said. “I find that a lot more enjoyable, but I do like the competing as well. The practice is crazy. (Coach) McKie, she’s really strict on us.”