Student battling skin disorder inspires behind the mic, on YouTube channel
For four years, Robbie Twible was the "Voice of the Rams," and his battle with a rare skin disorder served as an inspiration for the community. But when the pandemic hit, his passion for announcing was sidelined, but only temporarily.
The W.T. Clarke High School senior has announced lineups and called play-by-play for home games since he started at the school. But in March, COVID-19 shuttered the school and meant his time as an announcer was up.
"Which really stinks because I'm a senior and not having some of those moments, you know, is tough," says Twible.
But the pandemic didn't sideline him for long. While in quarantine, he found a way to turn his down time into an opportunity.
The 17-year-old launched his own YouTube channel called "Robbie T Interviews." It's a weekly segment featuring athlete and celebrity guests.
His guests have included Iona head baseball coach Paul Panik, Hofstra head coach Joe Mihalich and assistant coach Speedy Claxton and "Survivor" champion Tom Sheehan.
"I felt like everybody's home, this would be a great time to do it and it gives me a chance to do what I love and share my voice," says Twible.
Twible says his accomplishment speaks volumes about his will to overcome obstacles. He was born with epidermolysis bullosa, a painful disorder that results in blisters -- over 70% of his body being covered with bandages that need to be changed daily.
Twible's mom Kathy says he wasn't supposed to survive after he was born, but he's beaten the odds and continues to thrive.
Meanwhile, Twible hopes to be a sports broadcaster -- and is showing his determination to make those dreams come true.