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From Enthusiastic Footballer to Social Worker, Eric Hall Channelizes Humanity

In a world of countless sports, football has its own unique identity. It can easily be touted as one of the most popular sports worldwide. The game has a profound impact on its fans that is hard to witness in any other sport. In a nutshell, it’s not only a sport; it’s an emotion. 

But why is football so popular? Football is one such active and fast-paced game that resonates with its fans. The noise, adrenaline rush, and rivalry among the players heat the game up. People from all walks of life love, enjoy, and follow football. The thrill of the game is the key to its humongous popularity. Fans are deeply captivated by the game, and some even aspire to join as players. Eric Hall is a football enthusiast, but circumstances have angled his life to a different arc. 

Hall was born in Rockingham on 3rd December 1983. While residing in Dobbins Heights of Hamlet, Hall lost his father at eleven. He was a football lover since his early childhood. During his academic years at Richmond Sr. High School, Hall consecutively won Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Championships in 2002 and 2003, making him the college star. 

By passing years, Hall’s love for football became deeper. From 2008 to 2011, he coached the Lewis Chapel Middle School’s students, particularly in the defensive position. The following year, Hall became the head coach of the school team. From 2013 to 2018, Hall coached the 71st high school’s football team at the defensive line position. In 2019, he was promoted to the Defensive Coordinator position, and during the 2021 football season, the defense finished the regular season 1 in the state 3A for the first time in school history under Hall’s coaching. In the 2022 season, the school finished 3rd in the state for 3A overall, losing in the Regional Championship. Fayetteville City Council awarded Hall a medal and certificate of Excellence during the 2020-2021 football season to honor his incessant and honest efforts.

While playing football for his college, in his senior year, Hall participated in a civic engagement project for the underprivileged urban school district. This after-school program changed Hall’s perspective toward life. He realized that numerous intelligent and bright kids lack support and resources. Then and there, he decided to become a social worker, leaving behind his dream of becoming an FBI agent or trying to go further in his football career.

To become a licensed social worker Hall completed his Master’s in Criminal Justice from Fayetteville State University. His goal was to support people framed into false acquisitions, and later Hall transitioned into mental health and social fieldwork. Later, in 2017, he completed a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California.

The intention to help underprivileged people shaped Hall’s life into a new dynamic. He began his career as an associate professional at T & T Youth Services. During his eleven-month tenure, Hall was appointed to assist professionals with supervising treatment plans, community support workers, and clients. Hall was responsible for completing person-centered plans (PCPs) and daily staff notes and directly worked with clients with mental health diagnoses.

Working at T & T Youth Services opened new doors of social work for Hall. In 2011, he was offered to serve as a Multisystemic Therapy (MST) Supervisor at Trinity Services LLC. He was responsible for leading the developmental and managerial processes of the consumer parent nights for each location, served to help the agency grow, and completed admission screenings, PCPs, and SARs for the Sandhills MCO and TARs for the Alliance MCO. Later Hall joined C-Rep as their MST Supervisor and coordinated presentations for stakeholders.

Moved and motivated to help the unserved, in 2017, Hall started his much-awaited tenure as a licensed clinical social worker focusing on providing individual and family therapy. To fulfill his dream, Hall joined Yelverton’s Enrichment Services, Inc. Within a short period, due to his hard work and empathetic behavior, Hall was promoted to clinical director. In 2021, Hall established Creative Minds Healthcare, PLLC, an organization devoted to meeting the requirements of children, adolescents, and adults through assessments and outpatient services. Creative Minds: Celebrating 10 years of developing creative partnerships,  improving wellbeing and transforming healthcare - South West Yorkshire  Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

This brings us to the conclusion that Eric Hall is committed to creating change in the world. His breakthrough and compassionate efforts are praiseworthy. Hall was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for his outstanding efforts as a social worker by the Fayetteville State University Social Work department in 2022 and 2023. Hall also supervises new interns from Fayetteville State, the University of Kentucky, the University of Southern California, and Capella University. In addition, he is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.