Feb. 22, 2018
In honor of Black History Month, Gopher Athletics is celebrating those who made us great. Throughout February, GopherSports.com will share short interviews with African-American alumni from almost every Gopher program. In these interviews, former student-athletes reflect on their time at the U of M, provide advice to current Gophers and share what Black History Month means to them personally.
Name: Ukee Dozier
Years: 2000 – 04
Hometown: Bradenton, Fla.
Twitter Handle: @UDotDozier
1) What is it you honestly miss most about the University?
The youthful memories of dorm life. Some of my most memorable/comical/somber memories come from those years at University Village and Roy Wilkins Hall. After a long day of class, weights, practice and study, you could always count on having some kind of comic relief inside the walls of either of those two buildings.
2) If you could give the current student-athletes any piece of advice, what would it be?
Learn how to build and foster relationships. Once your time at the U of M ends, the only things that will remain will be your memories, credentials and newly established network. The latter of those will be the most valuable to you and your career. Don’t be afraid to utilize it.
3) Please share your favorite university or athletic event you’ve attended since you graduated and what made it so special to you?
September 12, 2009 – First Gopher football game at TCF Bank Stadium vs. Air Force. The anticipation of the first game at the Bank, as well as the excitement of bringing Gopher Football back to campus, was something that I’ll never forget. Despite feeling a sliver of jealousy for not having the opportunity to play at TCF, just being there in that atmosphere along with other Gopher Football brothers from my era, and to witness a Gopher win, was enjoyable.
4) What are you grateful for?
I’m grateful for the opportunities the University has provided for me. Coming from where I’m from, to experience the things I’ve experienced through my affiliation with the University is truly a blessing. I wouldn’t trade my experiences for any other.
5) What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month means everything to me…it’s a piece of me. I would be remiss to not acknowledge the pioneers who paved the way for my livelihood. Regardless of today’s climate, I can say that I’m here and firmly standing because of the efforts of those before me.
6) What occupies your time now?
When I’m not working, my time is spent with my family/children. I have a wife, seven-month-old daughter, and nine-year-old son who is into playing every sport you can think of. Needless to say, I spend a lot of time cheering on the sidelines for my little athlete. I also just concluded my eighth season of coaching varsity football for Robbinsdale Cooper H.S. this fall.
Please visit Black History Month Central on Gophersports.com to see more profiles.