April 18, 2013
Stephen Robison, former Men’s gymnastics competitor lettered in 1970-72 currently works for Fry’s Food and Drug as a full time pharmacist in Anthem, Arizona.
What volunteer work are you involved in your community?
I am an Eagle Scout and was a Boy Scout leader from 1990-2005. I was the leader at summer Camp Geronimo and many high adventure hiking outings all over the US. We did week long hikes in places like Boundary Waters in Minnesota, Yellow Stone in Wyoming, Blue Ridge in Eastern Arizona, Grand Canyon in Arizona, Durango, Colorado, Philmont, New Mexico, and Gila Wilderness in New Mexico. Also, currently my wife and I do Catholic Charities. We help gather, organize and distribute Adopt a Family Christmas boxes. The gifts come from parishioners and we helped to organize and pack them in boxes. We also have been to Window Rock and helped distribute to the Navajo people at St Michaels Church.
What does The University of Arizona mean to you?
I grew up in Tucson. When I entered high school at Palo Verde, I went out for gymnastics and was on the team for four years. In that time, I participated in U of A clinics and was involved with summer gymnastics at Bear Down Gym. My father graduated from U of A just before I graduated from high school in 1970. I had a choice to either go to college or Vietnam. I decided college was for me and was offered a scholarship to join the gymnastics team. In my second year I decided to change my major to Pharmacy because of encouragement from a friend.
The University of Arizona is my alma mater. My closet is filled with cardinal red and navy blue but my most prized article of clothing is hardly ever worn because my letterwinner jacket just does not fit as well as it should. When I do wear it on days the U of A plays ASU in something, I get a lot of jeers up here in SunDevil country. My only reply is, “where is your ASU letterwinner jacket?" The look on their faces is what being an Arizona athlete means to me. Pride in having accomplished something few others has, anyone can be a fan but few can say they were an NCAA athlete.
Tell us about a memory as a student athlete.
My father and I were walking up the stairs of Bear Down Gym one evening planning to watch a gymnastics meet with U of A vs. Southern Illinois. The coach saw me and asked if I would be in the meet instead of watching since I had just joined the team a day earlier. He told me to go down to the locker room and get suited up and he put me in two events floor exercise and high bar which I was never that strong in high school. He did not have anyone else who could do routines but since I did all around I could. That taught me something, you never know when you might be called upon to do an important task. Always make yourself prepared to do what you may not expect in life.
Are you still involved in your sport and with U of A. If so how are you involved?
No I do not do gymnastics but I stay in shape by working out and weight lifting. My physical activities are limited now because of degenerative disc disease which I am sure gymnastics had a lot to do with. Physical fitness has enabled me to do the things I want to do and live a relatively healthy life. Because I kept in shape I was able to backpack with the Scouts and do outdoor activities like 10k races and elk hunting. I am involved with UofA and Midwestern by being a preceptor pharmacist. I have mentored many students and am an Adjunct Professor of Experiential Education.