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Conversations with AJ Rompza

Today we’d like to introduce you to AJ Rompza.

Hi AJ, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Born and raised In Chicago Illinois, I started playing basketball at the age of three. I wasn’t the so called basketball height so I had to work harder than everyone else, I had to believe in myself more than anyone else did and I was going to have to stay committed to my dreams and goals of playing basketball. I attended Whitney Young high school where I worked hard enough to become of the top players in the state. I earned a division 1 scholarship to the University of Central Florida in Orlando. I was one of the smallest players to earn a D1 scholarship and start all four years at a school.

After college, I played professionally overseas for a little bit. My passion and love is to help other people in life. After playing professionally for a short amount of time, I decided to help my dad and brother in the family restaurant business because of tough times they were going through. After doing that and helping them, I really wanted to get back to what I love and that’s inspiring and helping people. I moved from Chicago to Los Angeles in 2019. I wanted to inspire and motivate more people throughout the world. I wanted to grow as a man and be able to do more for people. I knew that getting uncomfortable and moving to a brand new place would help me do that. I knew if I wanted to inspire more people and continue to grow that I was going to have to change. I’m on a journey to inspire and motivate over a billion people through the game of basketball and hard work. In my short time in LA, I have trained and worked with guys such as Adam Levine, Kevin Hart, Master P, Iman Shumpert, Russ, Skyy Clark and many more.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I laughed out loud with this question. It’s never a smooth ride when you are going after your goals in life. The bigger the goal the tougher it will be and the more challenges you will have. Moving to somewhere you have never been before and not knowing anyone is always challenging but it’s so worth it. Moving to a new place, going after your goals, believing in yourself, pushing yourself when you might not be as confident as before but you keep doing it a finding a way to get where you want. In anything you are doing in life that means something to you or had an impact on others will always be challenging. You have to stay at and stay consistent with your everyday effort of showing up and giving it 100 percent. The hardest thing in life is going after the goals you want for yourself. I tell you this because in anything you do, there will be challenges. Don’t put your head down or find an excuse to go after what you want. The hardest thing will be living life with regret if you don’t go after your dreams and what YOU want.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a basketball trainer/motivator/ motivational speaker. My work goes far beyond basketball. It’s bigger than basketball it’s a lifestyle. I love motivating and speaking to the next generation.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I was always working on my basketball game. I always enjoyed waking up early and going to the gym. I enjoyed competition growing up and playing against my older siblings. I would love hanging out with friends but everything I did growing up was basketball… My mom and I would do meals on wheels as a kid where we would drop off food to others who were in a tough situation. I loved helping people at a young age. I always worked hard for everything I wanted and wouldn’t stop till I got it.

Contact Info:

  • Website: ROMPZA.COM
  • Instagram: @AROMPZA3
  • Youtube: AR3ATHLETICS

Image Credits

Roger Rojas

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