Faion Hicks, TCI’s First NFL Draft Pick Touches Down On Local Soil
Faion Hicks, the Denver Broncos rookie with strong Turks and Caicos roots, at press time, was in the Turks and Caicos Islands not only on vacation but to engage the youth in the possibility of starting a football groundswell in this country.
Hicks' NFL draft earlier this year makes him the first ever Turks and Caicos Islander to actually transition from university to the pro league. He said he was happy to be in the Turks and Caicos Islands for the first time.
“This is home to a big part of my family, including my mom and my grandparents,” he said, pointing out that he always wanted to visit his mother and grandparents’ country as a child.
“Growing up, I always wanted to come, so I finally got the chance to come, and really to represent the islands at the next level of my new career. It is amazing, I am happy to be here,” he said.
Hicks said he has been in talks with his agent and teammates about the possibility of staging yearly football summer camps in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
“It is something I want to do…I want to give back to the sports community here, especially football and to see where that goes,” he continued.
Hicks said he was looking forward to enjoying the Turks and Caicos Islands to the fullest, saying that he could not wait to whet his appetite on the local cuisine.