Brooks graduated from Pepperdine University in the spring of 2011 with a degree in psychology. And like most valedictorians from prestigious universities, he decided to buy a one-way ticket to serve in a Guatemalan orphanage upon graduating. Brooks first came to Fundacion Salvacion on a week-long service trip during the spring of 2010. He only spent one afternoon at the orphanage on this trip, but after three hours with the kids, his heart was set on coming back. Brooks considers the year and a half he spent living and serving at Fundacion Salvacion and building the School of Hope the most painful, yet joyful, period of his life. Being the son of a high school baseball coach, Brooks has developed a passion for sports through the years. He grew up playing baseball, basketball, and football, but in recent years he has made the switch to the “old man” sports of tennis, bowling, and golf. However, despite living in Guatemala for over a year, he is still as miserable at soccer as ever. Brooks currently resides and works in Houston with his wife and the two visit the orphanage as often as they can.