RV Brown steps on-stage at a high school assembly, flexes his huge biceps and shouts, "This is not steroids! This is turnip greens, black-eyed peas, ham hocks and cornbread!" It's a typical Brown hook to get his teenage audience to sit up and take note. It works.
The charismatic Brown presents a commanding presence, not only because of his physical stature, but also because of the intensity and sincerity with which he communicates. He has achieved wide acclaim in sports and youth culture -- as linebacker for the South Carolina State University Bulldogs in the late 1970s, as founder of Outreach to America's Youth (O.T.A.Y.), and as motivational speaker for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and other groups.
RV Brown is the author of the workbook, Breaking The Chain. This book is used to teach students in small group settings. On Father’s Day weekend of 2005, RV released a new book, Step Up To The Plate, Dad! This book is a powerful tool in which RV Brown exposes men to the spiritual weapons needed to fight Satan and defend their families.
RV is a native of Cayce, South Carolina. He is the 16th of 17 brothers and sisters. He attended Airport high School, where he lettered in five sports. Currently, RV resides in the Tampa, FL area with his wife, Frances, and their two children, Xavier and Sommer.