MHSAA Football Champion. Three-year starter at outside linebacker for the University of Toledo. NFL prospect. Finland Maple League veteran.
Robert “Scooby” Bell has been through a lot. Now, the native of East Grand Rapids has set his sights on helping others fulfill their dreams of finding a road to success.
Bell has opened up Ready 2 Be hoping to help student athletes better their future opportunities by providing them with a healthy learning environment that will empower them through sport-specific training and mentoring. Providing clients with “knowledge of their sport and professionally driven hands-on workouts through competitive peer grouping”, Bell is helping prospects develop the skills necessary to succeed in their athletic careers now and in their future endeavors.
Bell knows the path is difficult. He was a top prospect coming out of EGR, being part of a family who won seven MI State Division 3 football titles over 10 years with the Pioneers program. After earning a full athletic scholarship to play with the Rockets in Toledo, Bell graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Injuries would hamper his NFL dreams, but Scooby ran with the adversity and found himself playing in Europe in the Finland Maple League for two seasons.
“I’m willing to do whatever it takes for just ONE kid to live out their dream, first step is I CAN”
-Robert “Scooby” Bell
Forest Hills Northern senior linebacker Connor Bruinius, who will graduate this year, was the first athlete to join up with “R2B”. Although originally committed to the University of Detroit-Mercy to play lacrosse next season, Bruinius contacted R2B in hopes of finding a way to play football in the NFL, something e’d have to do first in college. Less than one year later, Bruinius has achieved that first step, he’ll be playing in the YooperDome next season as a scholarship player at Northern Michigan University.
“I want to create more of these stories in our Grand Rapids area”, Bell said.
When you’re ready 2 be, just “Ring The Bell”!