Royce White is an author, activist, entrepreneur and professional athlete. He is currently the founder and CEO of Vitruvian, Inc. A science, technology, and engineering company. White says Vitruvian’s initial focus is healthcare, nutrition and water. Current projects include Anxious Minds, Inc. The goal of Anxious Minds is advancing mental health care access and efficiency. White is also the founder of WING, Inc. A media and electronics company. Its subsidiaries include The Last Renaissance & Free People Radio.
Royce White was born in the Twin Cities, MN. He was an All-American athlete in both high school and college basketball before being drafted 16th overall in the 2012 NBA draft. Ahead of being drafted he spoke openly about being diagnosed with anxiety disorder or (GAD) as a teenager.
After being drafted, White publicly voiced concerns about the NBA having no concrete mental health policy. He advocated for a mental health reform within the NBA, all sports and the greater society. Since then he has not been on an NBA roster, even though he was likened to players such as Charles Barkley and LeBron James. Despite his absence from the NBA, it is clear that his advocacy has caused movement in the way the league is handling mental health. Recently NBA spokesperson Kathy Behrens stated that the NBA has great respect for White sharing his struggles and says that the league has a “growing understanding of the importance of the mental health subject.”
In May 2018, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) hired it’s first mental health director. Dr. William D. Parham credited White, amongst other players, as having been instrumental in moving the needle forward.
White says the need for sensible conversation and problem solving is more paramount than any other time in known human history. White believes the human psychology must be the anchor of society’s overall health, stability, and progression.